Run All Deb Files on Maemo – Take the RedPill
By on January 18th, 2010

RedPill
Maemo is based completely on Debian…so why can’t we do away with all the complex restrictions around it? Well, guys at Maemo-Freak have come up with an excellent way – Take the RedPill.

If you have a N900, you’re probably a geek. Even if you are not, there’s a high probability that you’ve seen The Matrix. Remember Neo? He was offered a Red Pill for the truth. This RedPill is just it.

RedPill mode disables many safety features from your phone so that the App manager becomes a bit more. You can install any deb package and all the system updates. Though this should be done with great care because those safety locks are there for a reason – you could easily brick your phone.

Here’s how to activate RedPill:

  • Open App manager
  • Click on Tools -> Application catalogue
  • Go to New
  • Write matrix (seriously!!) into the web address field
  • Click outside the Application manager
  • Click Red in the dialog-box to enable RedPill mode, or Blue to keep your phone in the safe BluePill mode.

Warning: The RedPill mode, if not used correctly, is quite capable of bricking your phone. Use it ONLY if you know what you’re doing. If you are new to maemo or debian, DON’T use it.

Note: This mode doesn’t stay forever. As soon as you’ll close the App manager, it’ll close automatically.

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Author: Arnaw Kumar
Arnaw is an undergraduate who is really into hacking and modding cell phones. For him, nothing gets better than an S60 and a chance to ruin it.

Arnaw Kumar has written and can be contacted at arnaw@techie-buzz.com.

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