Edit: 13/03/2011 – This post was written before applications such as Maemodder were created and as such the steps below may now be unecessary if one has downloaded the Maemodder or other such applications.
It has been possible for quite some time to have up to 9 desktops on your Nokia N900, each with their own background, icons, widgets and shortcuts, but it is only recently that someone (CepiPerez) has created a desktop widget called “Homescreen Selector“, that allows one to easily access to all the other screens, without the need to scroll through or flick through multiple screens to get to the one you want. This widget is truly amazing!
Better still and the main reason why I like this particular widget so much, is that one can see all the home screens as mini touch icons. If I want to access screen 6, I just press the sexy little black number and voila I am there is an instant.
The theme I am using is the ‘plastic theme’ and it works really well with the backgrounds. One can customize the theme by changing the fonts, the font size, the colours of buttons, how the icons look, whether they have the dark shadows around the icon or not (no shadow looks amazing).
Most of the images are from Wicked Weasel dot com, one of the coolest websites on the Internet if you are into sexy girls in sexy bikinis.
The Nokia N900 is truly an amazing device and just gets better each day especially with widgets like these.
Of course there is a little hacking to do in order to get the extra 5 screens to display, but anyone with a N900 and a little patience and care can do it.
As I am feeling extra generous today being a Friday/Saturday, I have supplied some instructions below that I used to set up my Nokia N900 with 9 sexy desktops.
NB: All the instructions have come from various Maemo forums & Maemo websites. I have spent many hours hacking and modifying my N900. The scripts below are taking directly from my personal set up guide, which I have saved on my phone and work perfectly well. However you use steps 1 to 6 at your own risk. If you break or brick your N900, please don’t come crying to me.
On your Nokia N900 open the terminal by clicking on the following icon from the menu.
Access root by typing Sudo gainroot
Note: You must have the application rootsh installed.
Specify how many total screens you want (5,6,7,8,9) by running the following command:
gconftool -s /apps/osso/hildon-desktop/views/active -t list –list-type int [1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9]
Note: the above command will give you 9 desktops in total. If you only want 6 desktops then leave off 7,8,9.
Drop your images into a folder where you can find them. In my example, my images are stored in a folder called /.prismicwm (which happens to be my background application called Prismic Wallpaper Manager). Your images can be stored anywhere you like, as long as you know the path to them. I use Winscp or Telnet to connect to my Nokia N900 from my PC, and it’s a lot easier browsing the devices file structure than doing it directly on the N900.
Now run the commands below: Notice how each view has a different number representing the desktop number.
gconftool -s /apps/osso/hildon-desktop/views/5/bg-image -t string “/home/user/MyDocs/.prismicwm/custom/sexy 5.jpg”
gconftool -s /apps/osso/hildon-desktop/views/6/bg-image -t string “/home/user/MyDocs/.prismicwm/custom/sexy 6.jpg”
gconftool -s /apps/osso/hildon-desktop/views/7/bg-image -t string “/home/user/MyDocs/.prismicwm/wp/sexy 7.jpg”
gconftool -s /apps/osso/hildon-desktop/views/8/bg-image -t string “/home/user/MyDocs/.prismicwm/wp/sexy 8.jpg”
gconftool -s /apps/osso/hildon-desktop/views/9/bg-image -t string “/home/user/MyDocs/.prismicwm/wp/sexy 9.jpg”
Failing that you can drop your backgrounds into /home/user/.backgrounds and rename them to background-X.png where X = the background number. (see below).
Done! If you want to check what desktops have been set up against an image or desktop number, then run the