Since Diablo (Maemo 4.1), Maemo supports "Seamless Software Update" (SSU), which allows incremental operating system upgrades "over the air" using the Advanced Packaging Tool, without the need for a full flash with every update.
The quick start guide for developers warns that Maemo security concentrates on preventing remote attacks (e.g. It also warns that Maemo's root account has a trivial default password (user: gainroot, password: rootme) which needs to be changed before enabling remote access.
The user interface in Maemo 4 is similar to many hand-held interfaces and features a "home" screen, from which all applications and settings are accessed.
This is to improve usability on a mobile device with a small screen.Busy Box, a software package for embedded and mobile devices, replaces the GNU Core Utilities used in Debian-proper to reduce memory usage and storage requirements (at the expense of some functionality).ESD is used as the primary sound server, and GStreamer is used by the shipped media player to play back sounds and movies.Some applications are original software written specifically for Maemo, while other applications are straight ports of existing Linux programs.Some notable software includes: FBReader (e-book reader), GPE (Open Sync compatible PIM), rdesktop (RDP remote access), Rhapsody (subscription music, US only), Scumm VM (game emulator), Free42 (HP-42S calculator emulator), g Podder (podcast client), Maemo Mapper (includes GPS functionality), Maemo Myth (Myth TV frontend that uses GMyth Stream), Monsoon HAVA (TV viewer and controller), Navit (GPS navigation software), Obscura Photo Manager, Palm Emulator from Access (ARM based Palm emulator), Phonelink (SMS and voice caller via BT), Quiver Image Viewer, SDict Viewer (sdict-based dictionary/encyclopedia viewer), Vagalume (Last.Despite that, the Maemo community continued to be active, and in late 2012 Nokia began transferring Maemo ownership to the Hildon Foundation, which was replaced by a German association Maemo Community e. 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 N810.Due in part to the free and open source nature of Linux and Maemo, porting applications to Maemo is a straightforward procedure.Because of this, there are many third-party applications available for the platform.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.