Diablo & Fremantle openness reports
Carsten Munk has posted his initial openness report for Diablo and Fremantle (Maemo 4 and 5 respectively). The report details the different openness "levels" for the products that make up the Maemo platform. One of the tasks I've been doing in the last couple of months has been to try and refresh the openness data for Fremantle. This has actually been quite a challenge as I've had to retrieve a lot of different sources to make a proper description of what is actually open and what is not. The report should provide the community with information to help focus its efforts in areas where it's most needed and is the first step in providing a more formalized process for working towards opening up more components.
Quick Brown Fox font viewer in Testing
has produced another shiny Qt application, this time a font viewer: It allows you to inspect fonts installed on your device and view the fonts in a directory of your choosing (i.e. fonts copied to a dir on your memory card). A simple, finger friendly tool for a simple task, especially useful for designers and font geeks. The application is currently in Extras-testing, so eager users can install, test and vote on it.
wizard-mounter allows browsing of remote filesystems (incl. SMB & NFS)
Earlier versions of Maemo had the ability to connect to Windows Networking shares. Nokia removed this ability in Maemo 5 but, in its place, ensured there was a framework in place to allow the community to provide it and similar functionality. Daniele Maio and Nathanael Anderson have now ensured Wizard Mounter is available for Fremantle: Wizard Mounter allow you to mount remote resources like NFS or SAMBA. It let you manage different bookmarks so you can save different profile for different network. The software is currently in Extras-testing, and shows a somewhat unpolished user interface. However, the functionality will be useful in using the N900 productively as part of a wider network, such as a corporate LAN.