Socially - a new Facebook client
Mohammad Abu-Garbeyyeh (always looking for new ways to fill time, evidently), has announced a new Facebook client, Sociality: You can't have enough Facebook clients can you? I mainly started this project three days ago cause all other facebook clients are lacking some features in one way or another, and it was a good way to start looking web APIs. I plan to include all features (that I can include, I can't send messages using the API for some reason, so while the UI is coded, facebook doesn't allow it). Mohammad is looking for help with a set of new (and not copyright-violating) icons for the application, so feel free to help out if you have the talent.
Sociality is available from Extras-devel, so the usual disclaimers still apply.
Symbian "Anna" icon modifications
Talk user "cloud596" has released the set of icons for Symbian Anna (effectively PR2 for Symbian^3) as a package for Maemo 5. If you're interested in trying them out, the package is available from Extras-devel (usual boilerplate, etc., etc.)
MonoDevelop - C# IDE on Maemo
Nikita Tsukanov ... I've managed to compile Mono 2.10.1 and MonoDevelop. I've resolved most issues with GUI patching GTK# bindings. For example, if some dialog doesn't fit the screen, scrollbars will be added automatically. But because of some differences between Maemo and a normal Debian system it still needs testing.
ClipMan - alpha preview of Maemo clipboard manager
Michael Muth has begun work on a new clipboard manager for Maemo, ClipMan. He posted an overview of the new project last week: This application stores, if currently running, all text based clipboard content in a small database. You're able to scroll thru the list, see the history and you're anytime able to put something back to the clipboard to use it again. If you’re working on a bigger document, on the command line or if you’re dealing with some script or python sourcecode, you should keep running THIS Application in the backround. You have not to think about, if you still have something in the clipboard that could be useful in the future or not. If you finished your current project you're able to empty the Database and clear all collected Data to ensure a fast Clipboard Manager and to protect your own privacy. The alpha release is available from Extras-devel. If you're interested in helping test, I recommend the bluepill, if you're legitimately able to help test, the bluepill is probably still your best bet. The red one is really only for the insane.
FourCircle - another FourSquare client
Ted van den Brink has started work on a new FourSquare client for Maemo, FourCircle. The new client is currently available on Extras-devel, so testers should probably be self-selecting for "willingness to make trouble for your device" and "enjoys technical challenges"
For those of you, like your editor, unfamiliar with the service, FourSquare is a social network that allows users to keep track of their friends (and notify them of their own location) by "checking-in" at venues as they go about their day (there are incentives in the form of "badges").
FourCircle is currently only available from Extras-devel, so please handle it with care.
Updated BusyBox packages
BusyBox is a reimplementation of lots of standard UNIX commands as part of a lean, small application. It is therefore often used in embedded and mobile systems. This includes Maemo, where it is the glue which holds the system together. Dennis Groenen has taken the patches and configuration of the Maemo 5 BusyBox and updated it from the current vesion: The primary purpose of this package is to simply provide an updated BusyBox shell. This update should not break any existing scripts or fragment the shell use in scripts and therefore tries to be close to Nokia's configuration (with some exceptions like coloured ls). There is, however, an enhanced BusyBox binary available in the post below this one for those who do want additional features. There is also talk of shipping a BusyBox update as part of the Community SSU. This package is currently on a third party website and, in addition to the usual caveats about being careful with such sources, extra consideration should be given to the fact that a problem here may well require a reflash.