The Linux Foundation sponsored me to travel to and attend the Tizen Conference 2012 in San Francisco and as part of this sponsorship, I’ll be blogging about the conference and my insights and thoughts of the talks and keynotes at it. While some parts may seem negative, please keep reading as I have a point with those parts that is illustrated later on. While some people might think that I see Mer as a competitor to Tizen, or think that I don’t like Tizen, in fact, I see the benefit of Tizen for the entire open source community that they’re pushing a proper, fast and working, standards compliant web runtime for Linux based devices
I seem to have not blogged about this, but Open Advice , our book on Free and Open Source Software: what we wish we had known when we started , was published last month. The book was edited by Lydia Pintscher and includes essays from 42 authors , many of whom you’ll recognize if you tend to go to FOSS conferences.
Openismus has recently had to let some great developers, and good friends, go. We are now much smaller.
Front Page 2011: year-in-review Last week's MWKN issue was our second anniversary and, rather than follow the crowd and have annual reviews at the end of the year, we like to do it on our birthday. Not least because of Nokia's habit of breaking big news in the first week of February! Unfortunately, we missed that deadline, but here's a roundup of the last year: * February: Elopaclypse – Nokia change strategy, ditching MeeGo; Intel do a “big reveal” of 'the' MeeGo Tablet UX; Myriad's Alien Dalvik VM for running Android app is teased; Necessitas – Qt for Android; Cordia Hildon Desktop started; Valtteri Halla resigns from Nokia and loses seat on MeeGo TSG. * March: Valtteri Halla joins Intel, no replacement on MeeGo TSG; Nokia N950 leaked; new five-person Maemo Community Council appointed with no election; Digia purchase Nokia's commercial Qt support operations; MeeGo architectural decisions – in no way open
Hey guys! Last week I’ve attended to GStreamerConf and LinuxConf conferences in Prague, and Siraj and I had the honor of having our current project for Collabora exposed on Collabora’s both.
Some of us like to think that systems and data and processes are the bones, brains and blood of any venture. And for the most part that’s true. But what body can thrive without a heart? This isn’t just rhetorical. The question came up for me a few days ago when I received the devastating news that a very good friend had passed away. image courtesy Kathy Smith Gary Birkett was no ordinary acquaintance for me. I first encountered him online in the maemo.org community, when Maemo was still pulsing with fresh interest and (despite occasional lapses) Nokia seemed strongly behind the mobile Linux effort. Gary showed up as “ lcuk ” in early 2008 and began peppering the discussion forum with unusual questions and wild ideas. He exhibited an amazingly deep and broad understanding of graphics software and hardware, so deep that even with my own background in the fields he lost me easily. I think that was true for many in the community. His useful knowledge and friendly manner made him an instant hit in Maemo circles. He wasn’t a prolific forum poster, but made up for that lack with a persistent presence on IRC. It didn’t seem to matter what time or day, or that I am in Texas and he was in Manchester, England– whenever I signed on, there he was. Always greeting new arrivals and sometimes pulling me into impromptu private conversations about nothing and everything.
I think it was during MeeGo Conference 2010 when I was first told that I should cover the N900 camera cover’s blue and silver bevel with a dark color to prevent them from reflecting the flash light and making the photos worse than they could be.
Damned guys, we’re too shy about what we delivered . When the N900 was made public we flooded the planets with our blogs about it. And now