Installing GAIM Instant Messenger on the N800
One of the first things I looked into, besides having a screenshot application for the N800 was GAIM. GAIM is a multiclient (protocol in this case) Instant Messenger application that gained popularity on the 770 Internet Tablet and has now been ported for the N800.
While searching and digging on ITT's forum, I found alot of different threads regarding installation. I myself am still trying to understand how and when to use and/or change repositories, so its kind of hard to ask on a forum without being shot down or being told repeatedly to use the "search" button.
One of the starting points is to understand and change the repository. Many people don't know where it is located or how to change it. This is very different than the simple one-click options that we have on our mobile devices.
First things first... go to Tools > Application Manager. Once your Application Manager is open goto Tools > Application Catalog
Once you open the Application Catalog you will see catalogs available. What you want to do is create a new catalog. In this example we will create 2 in order to access GAIM.
If you don't already have Maemo and Maemo Hackers catalog, we will add them now. If you do have them installed, make sure that the url, distribution and components fields are correct.
Catalog Name: (its easiest to insert the application name in this field, ie. GAIM, since the same repository might be used again with a different component field)
Web Address: (this is the repository name) http://repository.maemo.org/
Components: free non-free
Now for the 2nd one.
Catalog Name: Maemo Hackers
Web Address: http://maemo-hackers.org/apt
Once you have created your catalogs you will be asked to refresh your catalog list.
Now if you check your Installable Applications you will see many files there for GAIM. The files that you want to download are:
maemo-gaim-data (which usually installs with the main app)
maemo-gaim-locale-(the language that you choose)
maemo-gaim-protocol-(IM client that you wish to use)
Once all of your chosen files are downloaded and installed, you should be able to run GAIM with very little problems. I've used both MSN and AIM, but have had a few issues with Yahoo. But at least I have my main ones working.
As you can see in the image, the client chat windows are tabbed which I love!