[maemo-users] Move from 2007 to 2008 Questions

From: Tony Green tony at beermad.org.uk
Date: Tue Apr 15 21:56:58 EEST 2008
On Tuesday 15 Apr 2008, Mark wrote:
> On Tue, Apr 15, 2008 at 3:58 AM, Tony Green <tony at beermad.org.uk> wrote:
> >  The main problem with apps that haven't been "released" for OS2008 is
> > the install file you get when you click on the icon on the Maemo site.
> > That checks the OS version and chokes if it's wrong. You'll find a lot of
> > apps can be installed by going straight to the .deb file instead.
> Unfortunately, the .deb files can be very difficult to track down. I
> realize that they're trying to protect novices from themselves, but it
> sure isn't very user-friendly. Can you explain how to extract a .deb
> file from the repository? I've tried every trick I can think of, and
> some apps simply don't give any access to the .deb file.

If you're lucky, it might be available from the Mamo Garage 
(http://garage.maemo.org) - at least if developers are hosting the files 
there like I am with my ports.

Failing that, you should be able to track the file down, albeit with a bit of 
fiddling about, by looking in the install file. If you point a browser at the 
value given in the line starting "uri" there's a chance you'll find a small 
number of directories under that location. Hunt through those and you should 
find the file. There's probably an easy way to predict where to go, but I 
don't understand the structure enough to say what it is.
> Regarding the touch screen: I have the newest version of OS2008 on my
> N800, and there definitely are issues with the accuracy. I've tried
> calibrating many times, but it doesn't seem to help. I'm constantly
> frustrated with getting spaces instead of bottom-row keys when using
> the stylus with the on-screen keyboard. Clicking on links on Web pages
> can be challenging as well.

Another problem I've found with it is that there are a lot of repeated 
characters. Annoyingly, it seems most keen on them in password fields where 
they're instantly replaced by stars, so you can't see whether or not it's 
Tony Green
Ipswich, Suffolk, England

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