Just booted to the release candidate. It was nice to see San Francisco featured on the home and lock screens. All things seem set for the release. Things are not very snappy but still very usable. Wifi connected quickly and xterm was handy too (need to map the TAB key somehow)
All set now for the MeeGo Conference – and I am taking an external charger along since USB is not an option anymore.
I look forward to seeing some of you there!
My worst fears were realized when I noticed a strange thing on the usb end after unplugging the usb cable. It immediately dawned on me that it was the USB connector, and it had suffered the same fate as many reports earlier (t.m.o, tabulacrypticum, engadget).
My use of the N900, as seen from lack of posts recently, had been greatly reduced due to the Blackberry Torch (from work) being my primary device. Even though I have an external charger, yanking out the battery every day, is not going to be a viable option. Sadly, this will reduce the usage even more.
The fact that the USB connector broke the same day I received a Palm Pre 2 as a developer device from HP was striking. The Pre 2, by the way, seems like a very interesting device but in no way as hackable as the great N900. I will keep an eye out for a good deal online because the lure of the N900, even after all this time, is just too strong!
If you thought that development on Maemo was slowing down, think again. SomePlayer is a feature packed audio player with a simple yet well-designed UI. Based on Qt, it is fast and offers all the things that were missed in the stock ‘Media Player’ like playlist management, Equalizer, and most of all, full-portrait support.
SomePlayer landed in Extras last week and has already been downloaded a whopping 45000 times. Here are some screenshots:
The software is already available in 5 languages (pl, it, zh_CN, ru, zh_TW); if you can provide help with more, jump in!
The creators seems to be from Russia. Kudos to the team for an aweSome app.
created using MaStory on the N900
Checked out this nice app at the Ovi Store. Its a simple and easy to use utility that allows you to set up reminders quickly which trigger the standard system alarm.
Reminders can be from simple ones that trigger after a set time to more sophisticated ones with various options for recurrences like ‘Forever’, ‘Until’ and ‘X Times’. The options are laid out logically and makes using the app a breeze. Nice job by the guys at Tardigrada.
The work on the Maemo 5 Community SSU continues apace and should be ready for primetime very soon. I thought it would be informative to showcase some of the upcoming features in the form of screenshots.
Disclaimer: These screenshots were taken from the latest beta which may differ from the final release.
Status Menu Applet (Landscape)
Orientation Status Icon
Status Menu Applet (Auto)
CSSU Features Configuration
Currently in Extras-Testing, this app provides a GUI for setting soft of the desktop transition effects.
created using MaStory on the N900
Exciting news. Jukka Eklund, Product Manager at Nokia, just announced that Nokia will be officially directing efforts towards supporting MeeGo on the N900 as Developer Edition. For this purpose, there would be a dedicated team within Nokia who will bring full MeeGo support on the N900.
Up to now, getting MeeGo up and running on the N900, was done by the N900 Hardware Adaption team, whose progress has been slow and steady. But now with the support from Nokia, this should change very quickly. The Developer Edition effort will build upon the outstanding work of the N900 Hardware Adaptation team and bring it to point where it is “really usable as your developement device” with some key features running in “perfect” condition. And the most notable point about this effort is that it is going to be done in the open and documented on the wiki.
This should be great news to all who have been waiting patiently for a fully functional and usable version of MeeGo on the N900. If you can help, jump in!
Here is the entire text of Jukka’s email to the MeeGo-Dev list:
Date: Thu, 3 Mar 2011 13:36:19
Subject: [MeeGo-dev] Announcing MeeGo 1.2 Developer Edition for N900
I am thrilled to announce a little thing we started at Nokia. Basically we want to have MeeGo running in N900 device, so that it’s really usable as your daily development device. Basic Handset UX should work, phone calls, SMS, web browsing. So we are concentrating on a few selected features and polish those to be “perfect”. It might mean that we leave out some things in MeeGo 1.2 trunk for this edition, but that is not the default intention.
We are doing this fully on the open, and I hope this is an interesting project where we all in the community work towards the same goal: have a great MeeGo edition in the N900. This work is naturally based on the great work done already by N900 adaptation team lead by Harri and Carsten.
The wiki is up here: http://wiki.meego.com/ARM/N900/DeveloperEdition. It will populated with more information as we go, thanks for the patience.
Jukka Developer Edition product manager
In the new world order, MeeGo is no longer a priority for Nokia. This is a big setback for MeeGo and therefore GNU/Linux.
Nokia’s contribution to Linux and open-source started with Maemo and continued with a bigger extent into MeeGo. From what I understand, the amount of source-code opened was significant. Numerous GNU/Linux projects and open-source software companies benefited from its investment.
Relegated now to a mere R&D ‘project’ within the walls of Nokia, the future of MeeGo seems bleak. The momentum behind MeeGo will undoubtedly slow down if not die altogether. Its going to be a wait and see situation.
MeeGo is one of the most significant developments in the Linux world which has the best chance of revolutionising the mobile industry.
Of course, some would say that the MeeGo source is open to the developers but MeeGo as it is today is not production ready. A strong corporate sponsor is what it needed to change the world. Things would have been different if the deal was announced after MeeGo had some production-devices to show for.
Intel however is still optimistic. Lets hope it stays that way and MeeGo does not have to watch any more industry supporters jumping ship.
Its unfortunate to see Nokia’s priority make a complete paradigm shift from the openness of MeeGo to a closed and who-knows-what situation with Microsoft.
In its gambling bid to take over the American market, Nokia stands to lose in this deal. But the biggest loser is Linux in the mobile/handset world. It is safe to say that the market for a free and open platform that empowered cross-platform development has drastically shrunk and been taken over by a closed, proprietary, and singular world of Windows.