[maemo-community] Moblin + Maemo = MeeGo. Impact on Council?

From: Kathy Smith kathy at revdkathy.com
Date: Mon Feb 15 23:07:51 EET 2010

on  Monday, February 15, 2010 9:00 PM Andrew Flegg <andrew at bleb.org> wrote:

> On Mon, Feb 15, 2010 at 20:40, Ryan Abel <rabelg5 at gmail.com> wrote:
>> The lack of a community-focused body in MeeGo is fairly apparent. The
>> project is basically entirely technically focused at the moment. The
>> Maemo Community seems like a good candidate to provide community 
>> guidance.
> Agreed. A lot of the tmo posts along the lines of "oh noes, we've been
> taken over by Intel" miss the fact that a single forum of
> talk.maemo.org seems to be much larger than the Moblin community.

I think what people have noticed is that Moblin seems not to have much place 
for the user/enthusiast element of community. If you take those people out 
of Maemo, it's a much smaller community. I think the 'Oh Teh Noes' are 
coming from people who have struggled to feel at home in a mixed dev-user 
community, and are anxious that they will have to start over justifying 
their place in the community with a bunch of people who don't seem to 
expect/want users and enthusiasts as comunity members at all.

There are some technical discussions (yes you guessed, the bear is 
struggling to follow them) about the relative virtues of moblin and maemo, 
and what meego will be. But much of the angst on t.m.o is about a) will my 
n900 still get support and b) will our community be radically changed.

Good pieces of advice flying around on twitter: since maemo out numbers 
moblin in terms of community members, we need to make it clear up front who 
we consider community members. I hope that will include the non-developer 
end-user bears as well as the clever people who understand it all.


>> I figure we proceed as planned for next month and look at it as a
>> transitional period for the end of the year.
> Agreed. I can even see my platform ;-)
>> Feeling very confused and just a bit steamrolled,
> Indeed; the next council is definitely transitional and hopefully the
> technology will make such steamrolling easier. Stskeeps is already
> pitching MeeGo as Mer++ and so this could still be good long-term news
> for engaged N8x0 and N900 users.
> Cheers,
> Andrew
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