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How To Enable Application Repositories On The N900 With One Click

Applications in Maemo are broadly categorised into three sections. Extras, Extras-Testing and Extras-Devel. Extras house those applications that are ready for all users, Extras-Testing houses applications which are not yet ready for normal users and are in a sort of beta. Extras-Devel is the place where applications reside when they are in the alpha mode and definitely not ready for the average consumer.

How To Enable Extras, Extras-Testing & Extras-Devel Repositories On The N900 With One Click

As you can imagine, the idea is to protect the new consumer from applications that can cause crashes, sluggish performance and other serious problems in the N900. But if you feel that you are up for being a beta tester and get access to the latest applications as soon as they come out, then the following will help you enable the aforesaid repositories on your N900 with a single click or even manually if you choose.

Enable Repositories Automatically

In order to enable each repository, open this page from your N900 and simply click on the corresponding link below. To make entering the address easier, here is a short URL – http://bit.ly/repos

Note: You will need to enable the extras-testing repository manually be following the steps below.

Enable Repositories Manually

Doing this manually is also possible, although it involves a little more work.

Enable Extras

  • Go into the Application manager.
  • Tap the menu -> Tools -> Application Catalogs
  • Double-tap maemo Extras.
  • Uncheck Disabled.

Enable Extras-Testing

  • Goto Application manager –> Application catalogs –> New
  • Catalog name: maemo.org extras-testing
  • Web address: http://repository.maemo.org/extras-testing
  • Distribution: fremantle
  • Components: free non-free

Enable Extras-Devel

  • Goto Application manager –> Application catalogs –> New
  • Catalog name: Maemo Extras-devel
  • Web address: http://repository.maemo.org/extras-devel
  • Distribution: fremantle
  • Components: free non-free

I have regularly used applications from these repositories without bricking my device and having to reflash, but the consequences can be as severe. That being said, now enjoy a world of new apps on your N900!