[maemo-community] URGENT! Updating the info for flashing

From: Quim Gil quim.gil at nokia.com
Date: Mon Nov 16 08:14:29 EET 2009

We will publish officially the Maemo 5 sales release *very soon*. I just
overlooked the fact that the public documentation for flashing is quite
outdated and many people will look for it e.g. the Summit participants
that got a pre-production N900 with beta software.

Flasher 3.5 was released recently with support for all linuxes but also
Windows and mac OS X:

The software can be downloaded from

The documentation, however, is only reachable in the installation files.
Nothing that Google is aware of.

Because of this, http://wiki.maemo.org/Updating_the_tablet_firmware is
outdated specially for Windows and Mac users.

http://wiki.maemo.org/Flasher is ok-ish for core Linux users since the
3.0 instructions mostly work for 3.5 without changes, but it says
nothing about Windows and Mac.

It says nothing about flashing the eMMC either. This is something that
in principle regular users don't need to be aware of, but it's very
important for those that got a pre-production device since they will
need to reflash the eMMC in order to get the N900 as it comes out of the
sales box.

I'm not even a Windows/Mac user so (as shameful as it is) I reckon
having no clue now about how these users are supposed to flash their
devices. Can I beg some (urgent) help from the Nokians and community
writers related to the pages linked above? It will save us many
questions in lists and forums.

Thank you!

Quim Gil
open source advocate
Maemo Devices @ Nokia
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