About the project

Project Name: Maemo Leste

A free and open source mobile experience.

Team: Ivan Jelincic and Merlijn Wajer

Maemo Leste aims to provide a free and open source “Maemo” experience on mobile phones and tablets. It is an effort to create a true FOSS mobile operating system for the FOSS community. Maemo Leste is based on GNU/Linux. The operating system itself takes much of its design and core components from the Nokia-developed Maemo Fremantle, while replacing any closed source software with open source software.

Website: maemo-leste.github.io

Achievements from the first phase of the DAPSI programme

We integrated Wireguard, Tor and OpenVPN into our free and open-source mobile operating system, Maemo Leste. This helps protect the users’ privacy, anonimity and location, depending on how the users use the various software offerings.

We have written extensively about the work in our October news post: https://maemo-leste.github.io/maemo-leste-fifteenth-update-januari-october-2021.html

In addition to the above, we have also been working on adding a chat user interface to the mobile operating system. A short video can be found here:

Achievements from the second phase of the DAPSI programme

For the final part of our DAPSI grant, we decided to improve the support for communication and conversations in Maemo Leste, as this is an essential part of every mobile (phone) operating system. We have successfully built a user interface for the operating system, relying on the “Telepathy” communication framework and we have also worked on extending the amount of protocols supported in the Telepathy framework, such as supporting Matrix on Maemo Leste and working on a Telepathy Signal plugin.

The central part of this is the “Conversations” User Interface, which allows the user to send and receive messages over various protocols (SMS, IRC, XMPP, Matrix and Telegram) and inspect the messaging history with contacts in a snappy and simple interface, and it is integrated with the Maemo address book.



Our DAPSI business mentor has been very helpful in suggesting ways to increase our community and sustainability.

Merlijn Wajer


    Ivan Jelincic

    Ivan is a free software developer and advocate and a co-founder of Maemo Leste

      Merlijn Wajer

      Merlijn is a free software enthusiast and developer, co-founder of Maemo Leste and works for the Internet Archive

      Maemo Leste