Symbian…a very addictive OS on Mobiles

I guess most of us use mobile phones. It has become a very important tool to remain in touch with friends and family. The advancement of technology has made very amazing possibilities for the small gadgets. Most of the mobiles are loaded with very capable operating systems-like The Symbian OS, Windows mobile, Linux, Android, Moblin, Apple OS X for iPhone, etc. But I personally like the series 60 symbian phones very much. they are very easy to use and offer a lot of advanced customizations. The latest version of the Symbian series 60 OS supports touch functionality and thus Nokia (the largest mobile manufacturer) is trying its mettle in making some kind of iPhone killer. The latest Series 60 fifth edition phones from nokia like Nokia Expressmusic 5800, N97, N97mini and the N900 offers very advanced functionality combined with touch controls. Also these latest devices offer a whole lot of connectivity options from the basic bluetooth to wifi, usb and HSPA connectivities. But today, lets talk about the older S60v2 and v3 phones like the very popular N70 or N73. They were once best sellers from Nokia. They are still in use thanks to shift of average users to go for high end mobiles. So if you have one you can extend it’s default functionality a little further by installing some extra apps, some paid and some free.

Fexplorer: It can act as a very good and fast file manager. It is available for a whole lot of symbian phone.Download it from www.gosymbian.com

X-plore: Another file manager. A very good feature of it is that one can send even copyrighted files (like .sis, .mid. , etc.) without any problem using it. Has a media player as well and an inbuilt music player. Download link: www.lonelycatgames.com

There are other useful stuff from our very own Google Inc. Visit m.google.com using your phone browser to download Google apps like Google Search Mobile, Google maps, YouTubePlayer, Gmail App and a lot more.

openSUSE11.2 … an OS per excellence

Finally, I got hold of the openSUSE 11.2 DVD (64bit) and installed immediately after it arrived. The installation environment was similar to the previous release but a little polished and the default file system of ext4 type. A notable change is the choice of default desktop environment (DE) which is KDE 4.3. Well, the other desktop options are still there and they are  just of a click only. It includes the latest linux kernel 2.6.31 and GNOME 2.28. Also bundled are regulars like OpenOffice.org 3.1 and firefox 3.5. Firefox 3.5 is integrated into KDE. I installed with KDE as the default DE. After the install it booted into a beautiful green KDE 4.3. This KDE version is almost neat unlike the previous version. I wasted no time and configured the network using then new network configuration applet. But one thing to remember is that network is defaulted to IPv6. i failed in the first attempt to get connected to internet but after a little bit of research I figured out  problem and using yast control centre I changed the network mode to IPv4 and voila my network worked. Internet was up and running in no time. I configured the network to work with my GPRS/3G mobile connection and my office wifi as well. The pretty good thing about the distro is that it detected all my hardware properly for my laptop. And after a reboot, it rendered the native resolution of my monitor also (1920×1080). I used yast to add the packman and other community repositories and fired up the software manager to download all the necessary dependencies and softwares to make it full multimedia ready. now I can play all my DVDs and MP3s without any problem. I downloaded the proprietary ATI drivers for my graphics card and after installing it the compiz fusion effects worked beautifully. A whole lot of eye candy. I will explore a bit deeper into the world of openSUSE 11.2 and after some time come up with a detailed discussion including a step-by-step guide to enable multimedia and installation. Meanwhile do check back to find some new posts.

Get it now: openSUSE.org

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