Tag Archives: N900 Applications

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!

Maemo Select: Applications, Themes & Wallpapers For The N900

Yesterday we told you about Maemo.org’s Maemo 5 application page going live and today brings even more good news. Maemo Select, a section on Nokia’s Maemo site that highlights the best applications, themes and wallpapers for Maemo 5 (read N900) has gone live today with a few more apps.

Nokia N900 Themes | N900 Applications | N900 Wallpapers | Maemo Select

Maemo Select will cover applications from the Maemo Community as well as the Ovi Store. Yes, the Ovi Store. The Ovi Store is coming to the N900 by the end of the year and will feature both free and paid applications. Currently the theme and wallpaper section on Maemo Select is empty but you can expect it to fill up pretty soon. On the app front, downloads are already available for the Amazon Widget, Evernote, Bounce Evolution, Documents to Go and for the Facebook widget amongst others. Fring and Mauku (the Maemo micro-blogging client) will also soon be available for download. Check them out.

However, if you are looking for N900 wallpapers right now, N900Wallpapers.com is definitely worth a look.