On July 1, 2011, Maemo stands at an interesting crossroads. In June, Nokia formally announced the N9 Harmattan mobile phone mentioned in Council's previous posting. Although the stage for the announcement of the device was somewhat awkward, being amongst other marginally related news at the Nokia Connections event in Singapore, the device itself was well presented and showed off the design attributes of the N9 admirably. A wealth of product information was promptly available online. Reaction from the general press was positive as well and led to an upswing of anticipation for the phone, which is expected to be released in the next few months. The device was described at the announcement as the result of Nokia's MeeGo project and is described in specifications as "MeeGo 1.2 Harmattan". As widely expected, it has a Maemo base ("Harmattan") with a MeeGo API. From the perspective of application developers and end users alike, the phone appears as a MeeGo handset although that technically may not be correct. Nevertheless, notwithstanding the lack of technical compliance, the device is widely described as a MeeGo device and hoped to lift the profile of the MeeGo project. Nokia also initiated much activity surrounding the device at www.meego.com , including threads in the MeeGo forum, to describe aspects of the device. As first reported in the previous Council posting, the N9 has both a closed mode and an open (developer) mode. Root access and terminal are available as well. Nokia also announced the availability of a limited number of N950 developer devices in an attempt to increase the number of apps available for the N9 at launch. Nokia made no outreach to maemo.org during the N9 launch. Although not formally reported as such, Nokia received an "exception" from the Linux Foundation for the N9 and is freely using the meego.com infrastructure to provide community support for the N9. In addition, it was announced that OBS would include Harmattan as a target and that the community apps repository for MeeGo would include Harmattan apps. While there is reason for increased optimisim for the future of MeeGo, the relationship between Maemo, Nokia and MeeGo is left somewhat out on a limb. In an IRC meeting with maemo.org council, new Nokia liaison Matti Arias confirmed that all of Nokia's Maemo/MeeGo related ifs focused on promoting the N9. Such promotion will not involve maemo.org
I’ve always liked the Scratchbox approach to cross-compiling. Run ./configure && make and you have an ARM binary, no need to explicitly tell the configure we are cross-compiling nor fix the bad behaving build scripts. MeeGo doesn’t provide an SDK for the (ARM) platform
In my previous blog I had introduction to MeeGo 1.2 Harmattan Qt Quick components, in this blog I
When I was younger, I never quite understood the concept of open source. Sure, it was great getting free games, but how does that make something better? It wasn’t until I experienced the Maemo open-source platform that I truly understood why open source was this amazing entity, rather then simply a concept.
It's been over two months since I've released a new stable release of gPodder . Now it's time again to catch up with some of the fixes that have landed in the "master" branch of gPodder (while we are still adding cool stuff to the "tres" branch, where the QML UI and other improvements happen).
The first Nokia Harmattan / MeeGo device , the Nokia N9 , has been garnering rave reviews everywhere. However there is one more MeeGo phone ie the developer only Nokia N950. Rumor has it that the N950 was supposed to be launched in 2010 as the first MeeGo device but got canned.
The first Nokia Harmattan / MeeGo device , the Nokia N9 , has been garnering rave reviews everywhere. However there is one more MeeGo phone ie the developer only Nokia N950.
Ever since the N9 was announced, the question on everyone’s mind is that for how long would Nokia continue to support something which in all probability is its last MeeGo (Harmattan) device. Here’s something that should cheer you up, Klas Ström, Head of Portfolio Management in Marketing for Nokia tweets that the N9 will be supported for ‘years’ and that they would release several updates
Front Page MeeGo and Harmattan: Clearing a path One of your editors, Ryan Abel has started the conversation about what's necessary to ensure the N9/Harmattan and MeeGo communities work together: "The lack of interesting devices shipping MeeGo is currently the platform's biggest problem. Despite the technical differences between MeeGo and Harmattan, leveraging the N9, its users, and its developers is likely to play an important part in determining future success for MeeGo. If Nokia's plans for MeeGo end with the N9, we want to retain as many of those users and developers as we can when they decide to buy new devices
A Quick Look at Extras in Bugzilla 2011-06-27 through 2011-07-03 As of 2011-07-04 Extras contains: total items 2618 ( 4) total open items 965 ( 4) open bugs 558 ( 2) critical/blocker 40 "easyfix" 4 "moreinfo" 6 "crash" 2 "patch" 4 reopened 6 unconfirmed 344 ( 2) open enhancements 407 ( 2) "easyfix" 1 "moreinfo" 1 "patch" 6 reopened 1 unconfirmed 178 ( 2) Top Tens Ten biggest open bugs by number of votes (unchanged for 4 weeks): (6%) 7334 [FM Radio] audio disappear using other device functions(connecting-disconnecting wi-fi,hspa) (5%) 7351 [Recorder] Recorder app closes automatically after few mins (5%) 11961 [Maemo 5 Community SSU] Random email application (modest) crashes with CSSU (4%) 6511 [Canola] Unable to type text in Canola on N900 (4%) 11031 [PyMaemo] python-all depending on specific python version breaks updating python modules (2%) 11842 [Maemo 5 Community SSU] RDesktop halt on connection screen (2%) 8508 [The One Ring] Integration with System Contacts isn't working (2%) 5673 [eCoach] Implement translation infrastructure (2%) 6847 [gPodder] gPodder does not attempt to connect to internet if no ambient connection (2%) 7505 [Mauku] Claims to be free, but ships no license and says 'You are NOT allowed to modify or redistribute the source code.' Please visit Bugzilla to vote.