Spotify for Linux

Awesome news! Spotify is now finally available as a native client for Linux. I have no idea why I haven’t spotted this earlier, as it was already announced in July, but in any case it is finally here.

Although they call it a preview, it seems to be a very finished and good-looking product, and I finally might get rid of those annoying sudden playback stops I experienced while Spotify under Wine. At least I haven’t experienced any of them yet.

I wish they would release it as an open source application as well, but for now, I’m very satisfied seeing that the money I’m spending on it pays off for Linux users as well. At the moment though, it seems like it is only packaged for Ubuntu and Debian, but hackers using other distros out there are probably going to figure out how to run it on other machines.

Now I’ll be hoping for a native version for N900, as most of the projects attempting to run Spotify on Maemo appear to be left unusable each time Spotify updates their API.

Connect to your N900 while developing via usb

If you are developing for Nokia N900 using the Nokia Qt SDK, you are most likely following this guide to set up your environment. This is all nice and easy, but if you are connecting using usb you have to open a terminal each time you plug in your N900 and write

ifconfig usb0 up

If you, like me, get tired of doing this you may instead let Network Manager in Gnome do the work for you. First of all, connect your N900 via an available USB port. Next, right click the Network Manager icon and hit “Edit Connections…”.

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