As part of a testing and compatibility effort, Nokia announced Qt to be officially available on Maemo 5 (i.e. the Nokia N900) on the Maemo Summit in October 2009. A lot of time has passed since then, and despite the sizeable Qt developer community and popularity of Qt on desktops, the number of Qt applications remained fairly low. This is true for both among the (admittedly few) commercial apps and in the (thousands strong) Extras community repository. In this three part blog series I’ll try to analyze what are the causes for this shortage and what needs to be done to remedy this situation lest it continue onto MeeGo and future Symbian versions.
This series consists of three parts (yes, I finally realized my posts are too long) :
- History – the timeline of Qt with regard to Symbian and Maemo/MeeGo
- Adoption – describing what problems have hindered a “more than words” Qt adoption so far
- Resolution – what are the remaining logjams and how to break them
As described above, in this part, I’ll write about the history of the Qt timeline in Maemo/MeeGo in order to gain some perspective: