One little known new feature of Maemo5 PR1.2 is the support for custom smilies in Conversations (which I implemented).

I have made a smiley theme based on Tango icons, but it’s not yet in the repositories. Here’s what it looks like:

You can install it by downloading this file: conversations-tango-smilies_0.1_all.deb, and copying it over to your N900.

Then open an X-Terminal, become root and do:

cd /home/user/MyDocs; dpkg -i conversations-tango-smilies_0.1_all.deb

Once it’s finished, switch to Conversation, go to Settings, and you will have a new button, called Smileys theme. You can select your newly installed Tango theme.

Note: the theme will not work with SMSs and Skype chats. All the other accounts, and SMSs, will use the new theme.

After setting the new theme, go to an IM conversation and see if the new icons are in the smiley picker. If not, a reboot should do.