Archive for December, 2007
I’ve been using OS2008 final since launch day (via a torrent see (http://linuxuk.blogspot.com/2007/12/os2008-ssllllooooowwww-downloads.html)) and I must admit I’m pretty happy with it. The problem is that there seems to be a ‘vista like’ outcry at the moment with various people complaining about one thing or another but personally I think that this is a massive step forward for the Nokia and Maemo team.
Since owning the 770 and the n800 with OS2007, I’ve found the device to be in the cool but ultimately fringe market where only the geek or cash endowed would want to buy it. The 770 was very ‘raw’ and ‘unfinished’; OS2007 had nice hardware but again, the software was lacking. OS2008 brings with it a new dimension to the whole internet tablet range. Sure, its still lacking certain features that I personally feel would make this a killer device but it sure is close.
In a couple of days I will give my honest assessment of OS2008 with a few caveats, a) I’m no Nokia or Maemo fanboy (or any other company/device fanboy come to think about it), and b) I really, really feel the future of personal information access and management will be based around the internet and any device that makes this more accessible.
If I was a betting man (and in my line of work I should be!) I’d bet on a convergence of mobile phones/internet tablets in 2008; Nokia at the moment has both but no single device (that I’ve been fortunate to be told about at least).
Let me know your thoughts on OS2008 via the comments or email link and I’ll try to get my bugzilla/developer/’pain in the bottom hat’ on to get them fixed or if its praise, I’ll direct it to the right people
You may of noticed that I have no comment on the n810. That is because I missed out on the developer program but hopefully some kind sole will lend me theirs for a review soon stick around.
I finally got a N800 today and the first thing that any self-respecting geek would do is download the latest software and, coincidentally, OS2008 is out today too. So I headed over to http://tablets-dev.nokia.com/ and tried to download it. 45 minutes of ‘connection time outs’ and errors later I got a directory listing of all the files I could download. A further 15 minutes of trying and failing to download the correct file (timeouts again) I finally got a save dialogue.
OS2008 is now downloading at 4.5k/s but I’m sure its worth it.
This just goes to show either a) how popular the Nokia n800 is or b) how inadequate http://tablets-dev.nokia.com/ is. Lets hope its the former.
Finally, OS2008 for the N810 and N800 Internet tablets is out; see the announcement at maemo.org
Well done to everyone that was involved and for all you N800 owners, get flashing!
To see a list of changes from OS4.2007.44.4 to OS 2.2007.50-2 see this link.
The chumby is a small, Linux powered device that is billed as “Your personal Internet player”. It can show various forms of information from the Internet such as the weather, new feeds, Flickr photo’s, Facebook accounts and even plays MP3′s from an iPod. The unfortunate thing is that this device is pretty limited when you want to do anything other than display things. This would be OK if the device was so cheap that it was in the ‘throw-away money’ bracket but it actually costs $179.95 and for around that price, you can get something a whole lot more powerful that will do a much more (anyone say n800?). But if you really must have the chumby experience, it turns out its pretty easy to emulate on the n800 (and probably the 770 with a flash player hack). Some clever folks over on Internet Tablet Talk forums figured it out and below is a first attempt.
The Chumby ‘widgets’ may have potential as future information gateways for the Nokia based devices but it seems that, at the moment, this is just a fun hack. On the other hand this may spur some developer(s) on to make Nokia based versions of these widgets that could be a lot more functional. We will just have to wait and see.