[maemo-users] OS2008 Damn Cool!

From: Eero Tamminen eero.tamminen at nokia.com
Date: Wed Jan 2 12:31:17 EET 2008

ext Jon Dodson wrote:
> Just wanted to say that I really appreciate the OS2008 upgrade.   Ive heard
> it said on the listserv and it seems to be true in my case, it really is
> like a new device.   Things I appreciate:
> * Default Media Player plays mp4 now.
> * New theme is super-slick
> * Seems the new browser is Mozilla and the rendering is better.  Improved
> YouTube & flash video, which is very nice.
> * New Menu structure is much easier on my fingers
> * Minimizing mplayer doesnt make everything double large and impossible to
> change the screen bright or system volume.
> * Internet Radio included is super cool
> With that I had a few questions.
> * Currently there are a few bars for selecting screen bright and in OS2007
> there were many more.   Didn't find a place to bring it back.  I can handle
> this change, I just don't see the benefit.
> * When I use the browser, in general, and this is just a perception that may
> or may not be accurate, it just seems slower.

It depends on page[1], some are faster with Opera, some with the Gecko
based browser. I think Opera could be a bit better at rendering things
while page is still loading, but that could be because of the
accurateness.  If you disable both JavaScript and Flash[2], I would
assume them to be closer.

[1] With most pages the content (ads etc) also changes on each reload...
[2] Flash programs can also use JavaScript in addition to Flash
     actionscript I think

> * When I type a URL in the the browser, occasionally it doesnt register and
> it just reloads the page I am on.

If it seems repeatable, please file a bug at bugs.maemo.org.

> * When I install fceu I get a dbus dependency error and I can't install it.
> Same with OS2007, if I can't play NES roms ill sepku.  Ok, maybe not, but it
> would be nice.
> * Why can't the default media player play DiVX?  It advertises it can, but
> doesn't seem to be able to.

I think the default mediaplayer error message is pretty annoying.

When it complains about the format, it often means that the resolution
is too high.  Try something with size 400x240 or smaller, when that is
scaled up to the full 800x480 screen resolution, it's still sharper than
on your desktop (device screen DPI is well over 200, whereas desktop
displays are normally about 100 DPI :-)) and plays with reasonable FPS.

> * Why can't mplayer play mp4?
> * Why can't it charge via USB?
> And this is an unrelated soapbox moment, please disregard if it gets in the
> way of the previous questions:
> Openess free of patents is an amazing thing.  It makes it possible to
> implement web functionality in your device with a much lower cost.  Paying a
> patent for a video tag seems as silly to me as a patent for a checkbox.  OGG
> might suck compared to mp4(debatable on how teh) but it is patent free and
> easy enough to support in unixland.  I imagine you switched to minimo to cut
> costs for licensing Opera(and other reasons), OGG would provide the same
> benefit.  Then again you may have already blanket licensed the mp4 patent so
> it doesn't apply to you anymore because the initial investment has already
> been made.  Regardless, its not just about Nokias interest, there is a world
> of innovation to continue well beyond the walls of Nokia.
> Im not trying to create a flamewar, I just wanted to toss in a few cents.
> PS Ill keep buying the NXXX because it is an amazing device.  Thank you for
> making it.
> PPS sorry for my harsh title, sometimes you just need to say it.  The device
> is damn cool and looks great too!

	- Eero

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