[maemo-users] Dealing with N900 responsiveness (or lack of thereof)

From: Marius Gedminas marius at pov.lt
Date: Mon Feb 22 20:06:18 EET 2010
On Mon, Feb 22, 2010 at 04:57:34PM +0000, Bernard Tyers wrote:
> ----- Original message -----
> > On Mon, Feb 22, 2010 at 9:43 AM, Dawid Lorenz <adl at adl.pl> wrote:
> > > Is this only my N900 @PR1.1 or others also experience overall device
> > > sluggishness after ~2-3 days of uptime?

Not specifically 2/3-days of uptime, but my N900 generally gets sluggier
with time.  Especially after I do something that requires a lot of
memory, e.g. visit a large website.

> > > There is semi-identified problem
> > > with hildon-home hogging CPU time for few seconds on each wakeup from
> > > standby 

I haven't noticed that; have noticed hildon-thumbnailer burning CPU for
no apparent reason occasionally.

> This doesn't make me too confident in upgrading to 1.1.1.

I haven't noticed any regressions after the upgrade; all firmware
versions get noticeably sluggier when you run out of memory.

(Note that after a fresh boot with hundreds of megs of swap used the UI
is still snappy; it's after a large app pushes essential bits of the OS
into swap that leaves the UI a bit struggling, even after you close that
large app -- the OS bits are swapped-in incrementally on demand, so
expect occasional pauses.)

Then there's bug https://bugs.maemo.org/show_bug.cgi?id=5712 which I
haven't encountered lately (I'm not using ad-hoc wifi any more).

> Are there *any* real benefits in upgrading? I can't find any big
> reasons-there is a mention somewhere about battery usage improvements.

There were bug fixes; I can't remember anything specific.  There's a
changelog on the wiki: http://wiki.maemo.org/Maemo_5/PR1.1.1

The most noticeable thing (to me) is the changed on-screen virtual
keyboard: gestures no longer work, instead you can change the key you're
pressing by tapping and dragging.

Marius Gedminas
The only way to learn a new programming language is by writing programs in it.
                -- Brian Kernighan
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