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maemo 4.0 Chinook beta SDK released
Nokia has released the beta version of the maemo 4.0 SDK
<> ,
codenamed Chinook (shortcut
<> for the
impatient). Developers are encouraged to port their applications from
maemo 3.x Bora to the new version and be prepared for the next Nokia
Internet Tablet OS release. You can also use this SDK to create your
brand new maemo software. A new Chinook repository has been created to
host your new packages.

As previously announced
<> , Chinook
comes with lots of new features an enhancements, including an upgrade to
the upstream GTK+ 2.10 and Glibc 2.5. More details can be found in the
release notes
0beta.txt> and the documentation explaining the API changes between
maemo 3.2 and maemo 4.0
mo_4_0.html> . If you are developing a GUI application make sure you use
the Hildon audit tool <> , it
will save you a lot of time and hassle.

The beta SDK has still some missing packages and known issues, but the
APIs are frozen and the software is solid. The Nokia binaries are not
included either but none of this is an obstacle to get software working
in maemo Chinook. We could choose between releasing now or waiting until
getting more packages and fixes. Giving developers more time to get
their software ready has been considered a top priority. We can't
compromise to a public date yet but you will know in advance when the
new Nokia Internet Tablet OS will be released.

The Chinook beta SDK offers a new modular installation, allowing to
choose the components needed according to the type of development the
SDK is used for. This means that now the rootstraps are reduced to a
small set of critical packages, while all the rest are hosted in the
repository. This setting provides us also more flexibility releasing
updates. More information in the installation instructions
<> .

We hope you like this beta! Please provide feedback, we have room for
improvement until the final release. We are specially interested hearing
about the SDK specific components. Remember to file your bugs at specifying the 4.0 beta version.

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