Upgrading the N810 to Diablo

It’s already been a couple of days since the release of Diablo, the latest edition of the OS from Nokia for the N810. And since the best knowledge base on the subject says its hot, there is no way I’m going to leave any longer without it !

Since I’m running an Ubuntu desktop, the upgrade process is slightly different, but really well explained here. on the Maemo community wiki.
You basically need to download the flasher from here, the Diablo image from here, shut down your tablet, plug it in the USB port, and then run the following command:

sudo ./flasher-3.0 -F RX-44_DIABLO_4.2008.23-14_PR_COMBINED_MR0_ARM.bin  -f -R

After that, you switch the tablet on while pressing the “switch window”button, wait a minute. And after a nice reboot, here you are finally running Diablo ! Easy isn’t it ?

After reboot, you need to setup your tablet again unless you did save all the data you had on it.
Since it was time for me to start clean again, I did only restore my settings, and a few data, but no applications or other things. When doing this, the OS may ask you if you want to erase a newer version with an older one (favicons for example). Only choices are Yes, Yes for all and No … A “No for all” choice would have been great since you obviously want to keep the newest files … Apparently I was not able to restore my bookmarks though … Too bad ๐Ÿ™
The new eMail application, based on Modest which I had installed on my previous setup, is much better and faster. You can easily access your GMail accounts for examples and it works really smoothly now that it is tightly integrated with the OS.
Browsing experience is although much smoother on a first try … I guess I’ll have to play with it a little longer to get you more feedback !

Well that’s it for this first upgrade. Everything went smoothly, and the new features and OS looks promising … Now I just need to test Android and Fennec to have something brilliant to show my friends ๐Ÿ˜‰

DVD playback with Ubuntu

This was one feature I never got working until just a few minutes ago, even though I tried a couple of times !
Thanks to sebz, and a shared Google Reader item, the following article explains you how to do that !
Since it is really simple, here are the two commands you need to type in a terminal to get your DVDs running :
sudo apt-get install totem-xine libxine1-ffmpeg libdvdread3
sudo /usr/share/doc/libdvdread3/install-css.sh

Right after that, insert your DVD in your drive, and you should be on the road for some classic DVD watching on your favorite free open-source OS !
For the record, I even successfully played the DVD from french comic Jean Marie Bigard, which was impossible on Windows XP !
PS: Sorry Vince, you were right, it IS simple to play DVD … Once you know the correct configuration ๐Ÿ˜‰

Changing the default language with Ubuntu

On the request of a friend, here is how one can change the default language in Ubuntu Gutsy (7.10).

It is actually a pretty simple action, but no one seems to remember how it’s actually being done ! So just go in the System/Administration/Language Support. A window will open, and you can here select the languages that you want your OS to support, and which one you want to make the default one.

The actual pretty slick thing about this, is that all the applications (actually the one supported, but that’s most of them) will reflect this change. So if you made the mistake of installing Ubuntu in French and you’re wife is not happy with it … You have a two clicks exit ๐Ÿ˜‰