U-Bahn, Keyboard Repeat Switcher and updated RaeMote
Thomas Perl has released two new packages and an update to RaeMote: Two new mini-apps have been uploaded to Maemo Extras: U-Bahn, a scrolling subway plan for Vienna and the Keyboard Repeat Switcher widget. While the former might only be of interest to Viennese locals and the occasional tourist, the latter is really useful when you do more serious work in X Terminal and want your hardware keys to have the "repeat" functionality in the yet-to-be-released PR1.2 firmware update. If you have PR1.2, please try them out and vote for these new packages. And last but not least: a new version of RaeMote has been released, which adds missing dependencies to the packaging information and also changes the display name of the package to be shorter and searchable. RaeMote is still not in Extras, so your votes are again very welcome on this one.
Android-inspired theme for Maemo 5
an-Droid is a theme, under development, which tries to use the look & feel from Android's theme on Maemo 5. Ricky Tournee, it's author, says he Got bored so made this. It's not "completely" android look a like since there's some limitations with Maemo OS (ie. must use dark background overall). Your editor, not one of the lucky ones who attended the Linux Collaboration Summit (and so didn't get a free Nexus One), has never really used an Android device. There are a few light themes for Maemo 5 (including a white one on Ovi Store), so hopefully Ricky will be able to get the effect he wants - including using the Droid fonts which have already been packaged for Maemo.
Grooveshark client under development
Talk user Dotblank has announced that development is underway of a new Grooveshark, a free online music streaming service, client. This is my very first (GUI) program that I have made and I am using this project as a way to learn C++ and Qt4. This program depends on libqjson and the latest pr1.2 libqt4 with phonon. There are still some bugs (playback while downloading, it works great with download then play EDIT: Streaming now works) and after I fix some and clean up the code I might release it. The application and its source are currently not available, but Grooveshark users should keep their eyes open for a release.