Basic description

  • What it is

  • What it’s not

  • Technical terms short glossary (acronyms especially) - 2.5G

  • Features known not to work / under development (some, device dependent) - Troubleshooting

  • Computer-based OS concepts, vs. phone-based, vs. special features

  • Apps, vs DEB packages (Apps just have an icon and descriptor file (otherwise they are deb packages))

  • Compatible standards, radio, power (device dependent)

The authors and the license of this manual

The Maemo Leste User Handbook is published under the GNU Free Documentation License, version 1.3.

See more information on GNU FDL 1.3.

The Sphinx PD theme, included in the source (in _themes dir), is made by Takahiro Ikeuchi and is licenced under the MIT licence.

The definitions in the glossary contain excerpts copied and adapted from Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia, which is licensed under CC-BY-SA 4.0.

Tools for building the manual, and their licences

To compile the documents in the best form, you will need Sphinx, which is published under a two clause BSD licence.


Interface and user interaction

UI Navigation

In-app menu

  • Touch the title (some apps have a small down arrow - not the QT ones) - In-app menu


Input and keyboard


  • Themes: how to change Themes, how to add themes (from the Application Manager)

  • Language & region: how to select a different language - Device language

  • Profiles (silent, normal, etc) and sound. This is about sounds the device makes, but also for example vibration when touching the screen.

  • Clock & Alarms - How to check and change the time and zones, how to set alarms

Hardware settings

  • Display settings

  • USB connection - gadget -> network; OTG -> mouse should work (not storage, etc.)

  • HDMI - screen mirroring works only from cli [wip]


Communication tools

  • Phone calls: SIP/VoIP calls, regular calls [wip]

  • Contacts: contacts application, how to import/export, how to synchronise contacts

  • Email: cover email application and how it works, notifications

  • VoIP and IM: accounts (VoIP and IM accounts) - which ones we currently support, how to set them up, etc [wip]

  • VoIP and IM: Telepathy, Conversations software, how to chat with others using it, notifications [wip]

  • Group chats [wip]

Internet tools

  • Web browser: how to use it (QTWebBrowser)


  • Tor: How to use it

  • Wireguard: how to use it

Office tools

  • Calendar: how to use it and how to synchronise

  • PDF reader

Multimedia & Entertainment

  • Photos: camera application, how to make photos

  • Images: how to view images

  • Music / media player: Default application, how to use it [wip]

  • eBook reader (Dorian)

  • Games, game emulators

System administration

Application Manager

  • How to install applications

File management

  • Standard file locations

File synchronisation

Device specific info [wip]

Droid 4



Missing important features

  • Notifications don’t work for IM [wip]

  • USB connection - gadget -> network; OTG -> mouse should work (not storage, etc.)

  • Virtual keyboard terminal workarounds

  • Scrolling inconsistencies (scrolling should work in QT apps, using arrows on hw keyboard as workaround)

  • enabling mobile network roaming only works through cli

Known bugs

  • Black text on black (style bug - should be fixed soon)

  • Slow scroll (driver dependent)

  • Ephemeral contacts in contact list (based on the contact rosters of online accounts) show as (No name)

  • Error about diversions when upgrading using apt - fix by removing the diversion $ sudo dpkg-divert –remove /lib/udev/rules.d/85-input-devices.rules

  • In Language & region, the option Date format should probably be named Regional format, since it refers to decimal and thousands separator. The date format is determined by the device language.

  • The Hardware keyboard layout doesn’t seem to change. Possible bug.

  • Word completion doesn’t seem to work. Possible bug.

Unexpected behavior

  • It’s not possible to move a shortcut from another desktop view then the currently displayed one (you need to see it in order to select it, and you cannot move between views when editing, only when adding a new one). See Add shortcut.

  • Disabling a view by using Manage views will delete the shortcuts from that particular view, without warning. Make sure you move the shortcuts you want to keep to another view, before disabling the view.

  • Manually changing the desktop image (outside of a theme) from Change background -> More will only change the image of the current desktop view. Each view should then have a different image, and if any fluid transition between views is desired, then that particular image should be prepared (split accordingly) in advance, in an external program.

  • Sometimes the in-app menu arrow indicator is not shown. The QT applications usually don’t have it.

  • Some applications only work in landscape mode (e.g. email, calendar)

  • When changing Themes, you have to still manually change the wallpaper by selecting the wallpaper corresponding to the theme from Change background in the Desktop menu

  • Pressing on Pair new device to pair a new external GPS device seems to not do anything.

  • tapping on an XMPP address of a contact in the Contacts application doesn’t do what’s expected for it to do, namely to open the Conversations application. Instead, it goes back to the main screen of the Contacts application.

  • Send via Text message option for sending a contact card or a contact detail via text message doesn’t seem to work. It does nothing.

  • Send via Bluetooth option for sending a contact card or a contact detail via BLuetooth doesn’t seem to work. It gives an internal error.

  • From the five steps of display Brightness levels available, the last two seems to correspond to the same brightness level (tested using Droid 4), so this means that there are five steps, but only four brightness levels.

  • Checking the Secure autentication option when setting up e-mail Incoming details doesn’t seem to do anything.

  • It’s not obvious what the Automatically add to contacts option does, or whether it works.

  • It’s not obvious what the Restore applications option does, or whether it works.


  • Nokia-branded (Nokia, Ovi) features in certain places

  • The Network positioning service seems to not work. is given as default server, which seems to not be reachable anymore.

  • The Synchronize from other device option doesn’t seem to work.

  • When settin up a New account for e-mail, you are being told that some data is going to be sent to Nokia servers. This most likely is not true anymore.

What do do in certain situations

  • When the phone doesn’t turn on (volume down + power to reset)

  • When the phone is stuck (volume down + power to reset)

  • When the battery doesn’t charge (boot to Android)

  • When you want to boot into Android (select Android from boot menu / remove SD card)



How to choose a good password

  • minimum numbers of characters

  • no dictionary names (except for passphrases)

  • numbers and special characters

  • different than others

  • password managers

Structural details

Useful cli commands

  • connect via SSH

  • bluetooth (for now it works only from cli)

  • mirror screen to HDMI

  • enable mobile network roaming