[maemo-users] starting up.

From: Larry Battraw lbattraw at gmail.com
Date: Wed Dec 19 16:20:47 EET 2007
On Dec 19, 2007 8:55 AM, <hendrik at topoi.pooq.com> wrote:
> I've just ordered my first N800, and it should arrive in a few days.
> I've read this list enough to know that it will do the things I want it
> to do (and more) once I write a few minor applications for it.  I've
> been programming since the 60's, am a long-time Unix and emacs user, and
> am currently using Debian on several machines.  (I've started writing
> the crucial minor applications on a Debian system).
> My questions are:
> Where do I go to get started as an end-user of the N800?

http://www.internettablettalk.com is the definitive resource for
general information and questions.

> Where do I go to get started as a programmer on the N800?  What's the
> recommended UI library?

http://maemo.org and there's really only one standard UI library,
which is a modified form of GTK called "Hildon"

> Software repositories for the N800 seem to be scattered among many
> sites.  Where should I look?  Is there an index somewhere?


> Is it possible to brick the N800 by flashing with a bad kernel?  Or
> does the N800 have a nonreflashable flasher?

No, you can't brick it (AFAIK) with a bad kernel; I've gotten it to a
state where the kernel wouldn't boot it but then the "flasher" utility
you use to install updates or rescue yourself can always restore a
broken kernel, using the one included in a standard OS image published
on maemo.org

> Is it possible to ruggedize the N800?  I've already destroyed several
> Nokia cell phones and a Palm pilot by letting them drop out of
> my pocket onto the floor when I bend over.  (My Palm is still limping
> along with gratuitous blobs of orange pixels and uneven backlighting
> after several falls.  Kudos to the manufacturer!)

Do not wait, go and buy one of the silicone "skins" sold for it.  They
make it very slightly larger and the leg to prop it up will not come
out when it's on but it will make it virtually impossible to slide out
of your pocket.  I got mine off of eBay for around $3.00 plus $4.00
for shipping.  Here's an example (I believe this is similar or
identical to what I bought):

Have fun, and make sure you install OpenSSH server first thing to make
installation of packages and generally mucking around a lot easier!


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