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WARNING: That's where the pleasure and pain of N900 starts. How much pleasure and/or pain depends highly on how familiar you are with linux. So make sure you know how to accomplish simple administrative tasks via a root shell without bricking your system and do regular backups.


Start "Application Manager" and install package "rootsh"

Open "X-Terminal" on your N900.

Gain root access:

sudo gainroot


Connect the n900 via usb to your pc and select "PC Suite Mode".

On your N900:

ifup usb0
ifconfig usb0

On your PC:

ifup usb0
ifconfig usb0

Please refer to http://wiki.maemo.org/N900_USB_networking for a complete guide.


Install OpenSSH client and server:

apt-get install openssh

Generate ssh key:


From this point it's more convenient to work remotely via ssh.

Copy the generated private key to your PC.

scp root@ ~/.ssh/id_rsa_n900

Put the public key to the right place:

ssh root@ "mv /root/.ssh/id_rsa /root/.ssh/authorized_keys"

Log on to your N900:

ssh -i ~/.ssh/id_rsa_n900 root@

change /etc/sshd_config to denied password authentication:

# Change to no to disable tunnelled clear text passwords
PasswordAuthentication no