First Impressions of the Nokia N900 - Part 2

Unfortunately I was quite pressed for time when I wrote my blog entry the other day, so I wasn't able to say everything I wanted to. I have a bit more time today, so I thought I'd write up a few things I didn't get to say then.

Firstly, after using Quassel for a little, I wanted to make the interface a little less crowded. So what I did was to remove some GUI elements like the status bar, and reduce the font size. Here's what Quassel looks like now:

Updated Quassel Interface

In addition to that, I added a .desktop file so that Quassel appears in my menu, and a shortcut to my apps desktop:

Apps Desktop

In order to do this, however, I needed root access. Pretty easy, really, just install the "rootsh" app, and you're done. Now when you're in the terminal, type in sudo gainroot and you're root.

As you can see from my Apps desktop, I loaded Firefox as well. The N900 comes with a built-in browser, based on the Gecko engine from around Firefox 3, but I installed the latest beta of Firefox 4 Mobile. It's a much nicer browser, and does some cool things like zooming in to forms when you're filling them in.

Firefox 4 Mobile (beta)

Firefox 4 Mobile (beta) showing tabs

There are a number of normal Linux desktop apps that have been cross-compiled for Maemo that are available in the Maemo repositories. For instance, you can install Pidgin, X-Chat, IRSSI, MPlayer, Midnight Commander, htop, nmap, and plenty of Linux-based open source games like Freeciv, Gweled, Tux Racer and SuperTux

The only real complaint I have so far is that sometimes when I touch an icon, it doesn't activate it. This makes navigation of the menus a little difficult at times. That could just be because I'm not used to how to use the touch screen properly.