The MeeGo Spring Conference in San Francisco was nice, perhaps not so much for the press folks (uninspiring key note, no product announcements). As a speaker, I was fortunate enough to receive sponsorship from the Linux Foundation (special thanks to Brian Warner for the unbureaucratic approach to this). I got to meet a lot of people face-to-face and the hallway track spawned interesting discussions, circling around questions such as:
- Why would 3rd parties pick up MeeGo if it comes with an unfinished and unpolished UX?
- Why would 3rd parties perceive the MeeGo Conference as the wrong place for product annoucements?
- Is the MeeGo community inherently hostile towards the Open Core model of MeeGo?
- Where is the place for commercial engines in MeeGo?
- Why is Nokia’s Qt development generally not regarded as an active MeeGo contribution coming from Nokia? QML scene graph, anyone?
- Why does a company such as Intel, which does not see itself as a MeeGo vendor, come up with its own app store?
And, of course the poisonous:
- Is MeeGo dead?
(I am going to be mean and won’t answer the questions for you, as I am too opionated here, sorry.)
Other than that, San Francisco was of course great. I also spend some time travelling through California; the country side is simply gorgeous.