The Home Screen is divided into the following areas: Vertically down the left hand side of the screen is the taskbar, with applets for the web browser, communications, and application menu by default.
These can be modified using third party plug-ins e. Horizontally across the top left half is the menu bar, which shows the application name and window title, and gives access to the application's menu which contains the typical file, edit, view, tools, etc. Horizontally across the top right quadrant is the status bar, containing icons such as battery life, wireless connection, volume, Bluetooth status, and brightness by default.
These can be expanded using third party plug-ins in the same manner as the task-bar. The remaining large part of the display contains Home applets roughly analogous to Apple Inc. These include an RSS reader, Internet radio player, Google search box and contact list by default, but can also be expanded with third party plug-ins.
The interface uses either the touch screen, or a directional pad and select button, with separate back, menu, and home buttons. It is capable of receiving text input through handwriting recognition, two different sizes of on-screen keyboard and hardware keyboard input with the N From the dashboard, running applications can be brought back to full screen by tapping the preview window, and applications can be closed by tapping an X-symbol located in the top right corner of the preview window, similar to the concept of closing applications in other operating systems.
The application launcher, where all the installed applications can be launched, can also be accessed from the dashboard. It can automatically connect to known wireless networks, download RSS feeds and email and disconnect automatically without user intervention.
Users can subscribe to different software repositories , which can then be used to automatically keep software up to date. The application manager also provides an overview of everything currently installed on the system. The new version mostly consists of security updates. Since Diablo Maemo 4. Mobile security The quick start guide for developers warns that Maemo security concentrates on preventing remote attacks e.
It also warns that Maemo's root account has a trivial default password user: The formats supported by GStreamer can be extended by compiling GStreamer plugins in scratchbox Maemo SDK , which was done, for example, to bring Ogg support to the platform,  as well as experimental features such as WebM and VP8 after they were announced by Google.
This is to improve usability on a mobile device with a small screen. These include some user-space software, like certain status bar and taskbar applets including the display brightness applet and applications, and some system daemons related to connectivity and power management.
Because of this, there are many third-party applications available for the platform. Some applications are original software written specifically for Maemo, while other applications are straight ports of existing Linux programs. Some notable software includes: Media players Canola with network streaming , MPlayer Internet.