Questions/Answers about Nokia N900 and Discounted Device Program

Posted on Thu 12 November 2009 in Maemo (EN) • Tagged with DDP, discount, maemo, N900, nokia

Being one of the developers who received the discount to buy a N900, during these days I contacted the DDP customer care to have more informations and details. I'll publish here both my original question and the official reply.

1) The price of N900 is 250€ and I've read of people who paid it this price. Anyway here you say that the VAT is not included:
so it should costs 300€ not 250€, right?

The VAT applies only for Finnish developers, for the others the price is the price they see in the eStore, no VAT is added to that.

So, all non-finnish european people, will pay 250€ for the N900.

2) How much time can I wait before ordering it? In this moment I'm in Valencia (Spain) and I won't come back to Italy before Christmas. I'd like the order to be shipped to my home in Italy (I registered as italian user and I want italian keyboard layout), but I'd like to wait to order it, because since there's no warranty and I need to tell you about any problem within a week, if I order it now I will be able to check it only at the end of december when I'll come back to Italy.

I guess this should not be a problem.

This part is not confirmed yet, since Quim told us to hurry up to buy it.

3) How many devices can I buy at that price? Here you say I can buy two:
but here you say I can buy one:

I don't want two devices, but another friend of mine, who help me in a project for the Maemo Community, would like to be able to buy one for the same price (he wasn't able to get the discount because his karma is still low).

As far as I know, you can only purchase 1x device per person, regarding MAEMO N900.

4) Where can we find the new firmware? In the FAQ you say: DDP does not flash devices. It's ok, I can do it, but there's no public firmware for N900 at the moment.

To update N900, can possibly be using NSU. Nokia software updater.

5) Is it possible to have a device with localized keyboard (for example italian one) ?

All N900 will have EURO variant, Italian language is one option.

Note: even these replies come from the official customer care, I don't assume any responsability if they shouldn't be all exact. If you have any doubt, please contact them directly at [email protected]

Announcing my standing for the Maemo Council

Posted on Sat 28 February 2009 in Maemo (EN)

After the suggestion from a member of this community (I don't want to nominate him because I don't want to influence anyone) I've decided to candidate myself for the Maemo Council. Here I'm! You can read something about me and about my motivations in the rest of this post.

Name: Andrea Grandi Andy80 -
Corporate affiliation: none


My name is Andrea Grandi, I'm 28 and I live in Pistoia (Tuscany, ITALY). I'm a programmer, in particular very interested in Linux and opensource. I've been working for some years as computer programmer, then I decided to begin studing at university, and currently I'm attending at "Università degli studi di Firenze" to get the Computer Science degree. I spend lot of my time to manage the Pistoia Linux User Group I founded in 2001.

My life in the community

I'm part of the community since I bought my first Nokia 770. I started contributing to the mailing lists, I wrote some tutorials (in italian language, then I translated them to english) and I ported SPIM (a MIPS emulator) to Nokia 770. Later I had the possibility to buy a N810 and I was able to experiment more with the Maemo SDK. I was at the Maemo Summit in Berlin, doing a light talk about Maemo development using Eclipse, PluThon and EsBox plugins.


I really would like to be able to do more for the community and one of the best way could be to be part of the council, to help both users/developers to explain their requests to Nokia and Nokia to understand the requests from the community. There are a lot of fantastic ideas comung from the community that could improve what we are doing: the key is to organize them and giving them more attention. This is what I've always looked for: working together to build something great!

OS 2008 update for Nokia N810: 5.2008.43 released

Posted on Wed 17 December 2008 in Maemo (EN) • Tagged with maemo, n810

A new update for Os2008 is available for Nokia N810. The released version is 5.2008.43.
You can upgrade it OTA (over the air):

  • connect to Internet
  • open the Application Manager
  • install updates

Thats's all! Enjoy and test the new updates!

What I expect in the future of Maemo Development

Posted on Mon 17 November 2008 in Maemo (EN) • Tagged with development, maemo

In these days I was thinking about: what could be done to improve Maemo Development and power user experience? There are some points that would need to be improved. This little list pretends to be just a starting point. I hope to get some feedback so we can discuss further in the maemo-developers mailing list.

Documentation: Maemo developers use different libraries and toolkit (GTK, libui, ecc...). There is not a common place where I can look for documentation. I've to visit each library website and get it. It would be great to have a tool just like Qt Assistant, integrating all documentation, including examples and aggregating external articles using a "live RSS aggregator".

Kinetic scrolling: I really love Mauku application because of its kinetic scrolling, thanks to the Miaouw library. It would be great to have this kind of scrolling to be part of Hildon UI. Of course I'd love to have Python bindings too :)

Eclipse Support: I think Eclipse support should be improved. I'd like to have a tool that makes .deb creation easier so developers can spend more time coding and not packaging applications. I'd like to see a GUI designer integrated into Eclipse (for "integrated" I mean something like Visual Studio GUI designer.... not an external tool like Glade).

Qt Creator: Trolltech (Nokia) just released a preview release of their Qt Creator. A very powerfull IDE to develop Qt/C++ applications. It's still in alpha release, but... what about integrating Maemo development into it? (Supporting Python development too).

Maemo SAS hosting: sometimes we (well.. me at least :D ) need to write an application that uses a server part too and need to expose some API. offers hosting for the project, but what about the server part of the application? It would be fine if developers had the possibility to have the server side hosted by or Nokia.

Better GPS support: the GPS unit shipped with N810 is something unusable yet. I've tried using A-GPS too, but position fixing time is still bad, compared to an external GPS/bluetooth receiver. I often have to use my external GPS receiver to use my N810 without problems.

More audio/video codecs: often I'm not able to listen to online radios, streamings ecc... just because of a missing codec for the default Media Player.

These are just some ideas. Please feel free to comment them, I'd like to discuss them together.