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Downloading & Installing applications on the Nokia N900

17 November 2009Entry by

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Instal LogoThree days after the official release of the Nokia N900 it’s probably a good day to start talking about applications for this device. Why? Because I’m sure that there is already a bunch of people who is enjoying happily and peacefully his brand new Nokia N900. So I decided to give them a hand with their phones.

Maemo Extras

First you should know what is Maemo Extras and Extras Testing. These are repositories or places where applications from the community can be found. That´s more than enough. So there is two ways of downloading apps from maemo.org.

The simple one is to go to downloads.maemo.org from your N900’s web browser and by clicking in the green arrows right next to the apps (on the right side of the screen If you are looking into it).

The Extras Repository

But then there is what it’s call Extras repository, where the Nokia N900 will received update notifications for the apps. This Extra repository is already pre-configured on your Nokia N900 but it’s disable by default. So to enable it, please follow this steps:

Go into the Application manager.
Tap the menu -> Application catalogs…
Tap Maemo Extras.
Uncheck Disabled.

Manual Installation

If it isn’t there on your phone, you can do it manually with the following easy steps:

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


 

Extra repository - 1

After enabling it, browse through the download section of the Application Manager.

 

Extra repository - 2

 

Extra repository - 3

Tomorrow I will post about the applications available on maemo.org.

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