Nokia770 gets update no one knows what is in there?

Today I heard thanks to Bill Beebe about a software update for the Nokia770. Since was curious about this gadget since its announcement and know it a little bit from the office I wanted to find out, what has been changed in this release.


On the offical release page there was nothing more than this piece of information:

Latest version: 5.2006.13-17 (April 18, 2006). This update includes small feature enhancements and corrections which provide improved performance. europe.nokia.com

Not really useful.

Then I found this post with a link to the announcement by the maemo-team which includes following line:

The version is 5.2006.13-7. Changelogs are not available. team at maemo.org

Uhm… and why exactly is there no changelog? I don’t want to critisize anyone, but this is just strange for an opensource project to not only provide a normal changelog between releases. But what disturbed me even more are the system requirements for the update as written on the Nokia page:

System Requirements
  • A compatible PC running
    • Microsoft Windows 2000 with Service Pack 3 or newer
    • Microsoft Windows XP with Service Pack 1 or newer
  • Nokia Connectivity Cable DKE-2 (USB) for connecting the Internet Tablet to your compatible PC
  • A fully charged battery for your Internet Tablet
europe.nokia.com

Could please someone explain to me why I need a Windows PC to flash a Linux device? Shouldn’t some procedure like the one for Linux and for MacOSX mentioned on maemo.org , which is intended for developers who want to update to development releases, work too? Don’t know, but if it works, then it is just really a bad move by Nokia to not tell people about it.

Still, I’m still very intersted in the whole Maemo and Nokia770 thingy, but I think I will wait until I have enough money to get yet another gadget *g* and then hopefully Maemo and Nokia will have improved their information policy a little bit.

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