Played a bit with Maemo 5 SDK

Today I found some time and played with Maemo 5 SDK. As I am one of those who do not like Scratchbox I used official image for VirtualBox. After boot I landed in GNOME session of Ubuntu 8.10 and after few moments I got Maemo 5 started thanks to instructions from forum.

Ok, so let’s test it. As official release notes mentioned Polish translation I switched to it. What I saw was disaster… And the problem is that latest firmware has same version available. Examples:

Desktop (here we have wdgt_va_24h_time) Statusbar clock (wdgt_va_date_long this time) Calendar - new entry (wdgt_va forever!) Calendar - today view (today in Polish is wdgt_va_date_long) Calendar - week view (who will tell which day is today?) Calendar - settings (looks nice - except of wdgtbdsave) sfil_ap_name is good name for application World clock (but which cities is has?)

Note: I did system update by using “apt-get update;apt-get upgrade” followed by “fakeroot dpkg --configure -a” (because sbox root ‘emulation’ was too weak for “libosso-abook”). As a result translation “6.0+r7250+0m5″ were installed (“calendar-l10n-plpl” package). Scary, isn’t it?

Next thing which I looked at was instant messaging — which I was not able to use since there was no Jabber support. It has ICQ, Gadu-Gadu, MSN, Sametime, Salut, QQ, Groupwise, Google Talk, AIM, Yahoo but no Jabber. I even installed “telepathy-extras” but that added me yet another MSN and still no Jabber… Probably other package needs to be installed but why it has to be? OK, maybe SDK image does not contain same packages as device one but why it supports such poor thing like Gadu-Gadu out-of-box?

Contacts app is improved when compared to Maemo4 one — finally something closer to application which I described some time ago in other post. Has some bugs (I can not enter “+48123456789″ as number because only digits are available (and ‘p’ for internal numbers).

Looks like there will be a long list of things to report as bugs when/if I will get my N900 (so far it is somewhere in deep nowhere). Why not reporting them now? Simple — I want to be able to check them on device itself.

Other things I will check next time. Now it is time to sleep.

10 thoughts on “Played a bit with Maemo 5 SDK

  1. Andrew Flegg

    I’ve got Jabber out of the box on my N900 under the “VoIP and IM Accounts” dialogue.

    +123456789 can be entered in Contacts: as the phone number field is a “phone number” field, it only accepts the characters 0-9, + and ‘p’. So, if any of those characters require Fn to be held (i.e. +, 0-9) you don’t need to hold it to get the character in. How this works in the SDK I’m not sure.

  2. Jan Arne Petersen

    Is hildon-libs-l10n-plpl installed? That package should provide the missing translations.

  3. Andy

    Google Talk uses the Jabber protocol, so the functionality is there even if the name isn’t. Maybe the bug is just that Jabber isn’t listed?

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  5. turkuase

    Hello, I downloaded a few applications on my n900 but got also those wdgt_va_24h_time stuff. I also deleted all the software i downloaded and redownloaded it, but no use. Since this was the only site about this case, i would like to ask for help how to turn this back to normal. I wanted to go back to default setting but also no use since the code was not accepted…. so i hope someone can help me out to save my n900. Thanks a lot beforehand

  6. anouar

    wdgt_va_24h_time , profil_timenu_plugin …. menu application title changed to “name_ap ” any idea plz

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