[maemo-community] Maemo Community Awards

From: Iván Gálvez Junquera ivgalvez at gmail.com
Date: Mon May 28 12:43:32 EEST 2012
Hi Pali,

I must say, that it's a pleasure to precess your nomination.

You didn't really need to add a resume... [?]

2012/5/28 Pali Rohár <pali.rohar at gmail.com>

> Hello,
> my name is Pavol Rohár, I'm from Slovakia and people from Maemo
> Community know me under name Pali. I'm using nickname Pali as my
> maemo.org and TMO account. Also I'm Pali on #maemo IRC Freenode
> channel. I'm Maemo/N900 user and developer for 2 years.
> I'm applying for device N950 in category Community Awards for my
> work which I done for people around Maemo and Nokia devices.
> For Maemo/N900 I'm developing more applications. All are open
> source with free license. Here is list of some:
> * Fanoush BootMenu:
> It is on-screen bootmenu which can start other init script/daemon
> then default /sbin/init stored in maemo rootfs. For example it
> can boot Maemo system from eMMC/SD card or start Recovery Console
> Mode. Also it is essential script for BackupMenu application.
> Original version was written by Fanoush, now I'm maintaining it.
> I fixed more bugs, added support for USB mass storage support or
> better USB network mode (with dhcp/avahi support).
> Download page:
> http://maemo.org/downloads/product/Maemo5/bootmenu/
> Package page: http://maemo.org/packages/view/bootmenu/
> Garage page: https://garage.maemo.org/projects/bootmenu/
> TMO thread: http://talk.maemo.org/showthread.php?t=74720
> * Recovery Console Mode:
> This is menu entry for BootMenu which launch framebuffer recovery
> console mode. It is full linux console under framebuffer, so it
> can be used for hotfixing problems. Useful when Maemo system is
> unbootable, but BootMenu will start and allow user to choose boot
> entry.
> Package page: http://maemo.org/packages/view/recovery-boot/
> TMO thread: http://talk.maemo.org/showthread.php?t=72726
> * Kernel power:
> I think everybody know what is Linux Kernel. Kernel Power has
> enabled additional modules (ipv6, iptables, other filesystems),
> usb host mode, overclock and more patches from upstream or other
> community people (who fixed more kernel problems, thanks
> Freemangordon!). I took maintaining of Kernel Power after Titan
> did not have time for it. Last version v50 of Kernel Power is
> stable, has fixed more problems and very popular in community.
> Download page: http://maemo.org/downloads/product/Maemo5/kernel-
> power-flasher/
> Package page: http://maemo.org/packages/view/kernel-power-
> flasher/
> Garage page: https://garage.maemo.org/projects/kernel-power/
> TMO thread: http://talk.maemo.org/showthread.php?t=83118
> PS: I think everybody knows that last version is not in Maemo
> Extras repository (and on Download page) due to some repository
> problems. After year it is still not fixed and I cannot promote
> package. I will be very happy if somebody can fix repository
> problems and promote v50 to Extras...
> * bq2415x charging kernel module:
> Battery charging in Nokia N900 is done by non-free user-space
> closed undocumented unconfigurable application crap BME. I'm
> working on proper charger driver in kernel which will charge
> battery and support boost mode for usb host mode. This will be
> kernel open source replacement for BME. When kernel driver will
> ready it will be included in kernel-power.
> * bq27x00 battery kernel module:
> bq27200 chip which is in Nokia N900 is battery monitor chip. It
> reports current, voltage, capacity and other values. On Maemo
> system this chip is not used, because Maemo use only BME for
> battery support and BME counting battery capacity somehow (nobody
> know how). But other applications can use information from this
> chip and this kernel driver. I updated this kernel driver which
> use standard power supply kernel interface and I upstreamed all
> changes into upstream kernel. Driver is available in kernel power
> but disabled by default because cannot live together with BME.
> Either BME or bq27x00_battery driver can be started.
> * U-Boot for Nokia N900:
> U-Boot is bootloader which can boot other bootloaders or linux
> kernel. With previous code by Ali I'm doing on upstreaming U-Boot
> Nokia N900 support. U-Boot is essential part for supporting
> booting other systems then Maemo on N900. It is maybe only one
> solution for dual booting. Now is U-Boot stored in mtd kernel
> area (and loaded by NoLo), but maybe one day U-Boot will replace
> closed source unconfigurable NoLo bootloader. Current version has
> working on-screen BootMenu which is useful for dual boot for
> choosing system.
> TMO thread: http://talk.maemo.org/showthread.php?t=81613
> * Open source cold flasher:
> I decrypted, disassembled and reverse engineered protocol (it was
> not easy) which is used for cold flashing Nokia N900. Cold
> flashing is flashing/starting new bootloader when previous in
> N900 was erased/damaged. Without bootloader (X-Loader or NoLo)
> device will not start and it is not possible to flash via normal
> method. Cold flashing sending bootloader image via USB at early
> board startup. I created open source tool which can cold flash
> N900 bootloader (both X-Loader and NoLo) as equivalent to
> proprietary functionality in flasher-3.5 tool. My tool is
> complete, I think stable and working fine. Maybe it can be one
> day merged with 0xFFFF tool (0pen Free Fiasco Firmware Flasher)
> for regular flashing.
> TMO thread: http://talk.maemo.org/showthread.php?t=80840
> * Open source getbootstate:
> I reverse engineered closed source Nokia program getbootstate.
> This program is started at early booting and is responsible for
> entering correct boot state. It is critical part of booting,
> because can shutdown device (MALF state) and is executed before
> init daemon. So this program can decide if N900 is not bootable.
> I created open source alternative to this program (based on
> opened Meego/Harmattan sources and reverse engineered data) which
> should work as closed program. So if my open source alternative
> decide that N900 is not bootable other people can look into
> source code and find real reason why device is not bootable.
> TMO thread: http://talk.maemo.org/showthread.php?t=73792
> * Stratagus & Wargus:
> Stratagus is open source game engine for strategic games. Wargus
> are lua scripts and other helper programs for Stratagus which
> clone old and famous Warcraft II game by Blizzard. So Wargus is
> open source clone of Warcraft II game. Now I'm current maintainer
> of both projects Stratagus and Wargus and I ported them to Nokia
> N900. Upstream projects have N900 support included so code is not
> divergented and version is releasing for Desktop and N900
> together.
> Package page: http://maemo.org/packages/view/wargus/
> TMO thread: http://talk.maemo.org/showthread.php?t=60678
> * Locale resolver config:
> Locale recover is Nokia database (with own format) where is
> stored all languages which appear on "first run" welcome
> configure screen. Locale resolver config is small but powerful
> script which can modify this database and add new language. By
> default only languages supported by Nokia are on this list (so
> 3rd languages cannot be chose at welcome screen). This script can
> be added to debian/postinst of 3rd language packages.
> Package page: http://maemo.org/packages/view/locale-resolver-
> config/
> TMO thread: http://talk.maemo.org/showthread.php?t=81848
> * Slovak localization:
> I'm Slovak, so I contributed also to Slovak localization project
> (but big thanks to Roman who translated majority of strings!). I
> also added above Locale resolver config, because Nokia did not
> included Slovak language in their language database.
> Download page: http://maemo.org/downloads/product/Maemo5/slovak-
> l10n/
> Package page: http://maemo.org/packages/view/slovak-l10n/
> Garage page: http://garage.maemo.org/projects/slovak-l10n/
> * mDNS support:
> I created package which install and configure Maemo system for
> mDNS support. mDNS is multicast DNS and translate host name to ip
> addresses without central authority. Useful when connecting from
> N900 to computer without need to know IP address (just hostname).
> Package page: http://maemo.org/packages/view/mdns-support/
> TMO thread: http://talk.maemo.org/showthread.php?t=82397
> * Battery widget:
> Battery is simple desktop widget which show current status of
> battery. I changed code of this widget to support both values
> from BME and also from bq27x00_battery kernel module. Widget is
> useful for usb host mode when BME must be stopped (it will read
> values from bq27x00_battery driver and show battery status also
> when usb host mode is active)
> Download page: http://maemo.org/downloads/product/Maemo5/battery/
> Package page: http://maemo.org/packages/view/battery/
> TMO thread: http://talk.maemo.org/showthread.php?t=57975
> * USSD
> I created patches for USSD project which fixed some problems. For
> example to show small ussd dialog as reply in Phone application
> (instead starting external qussd application and wait until is
> started) or fixing problem with freezing desktop widget (when
> widget waiting for bad process, so create unix zombies).
> * OMP
> OMP is open media player which is replacement for closed nokia
> player. I sent some patches which added support for N900 wired
> headset button and auto pause media player when bluetooth or
> wired headset is disconnected. Both features are implemented in
> OMP and do not need to install any other applications/daemons
> (like headphoned or headset-control).
> TMO thread:
> http://talk.maemo.org/showthread.php?p=1181098#post1181098
> Community SSU:
> Except Extras applications I'm also developer of small CSSU team.
> I contributed more patches to CSSU. Some of my CSSU
> contributions:
> * Calculator:
> I written open source replacement for original closed Nokia
> Calculator. My replacement support portrait mode and is written
> in Qt. Calculator is stable and is included in CSSU for long
> time.
> Git repository: http://gitorious.org/community-ssu/osso-
> calculator
> * TV-out widgets:
> Based on previous Ville work I created control panel and status
> menu applet for configuring additional TV-out properties like
> 16:9 wide mode or scaling output. Status menu applet is visible
> when TV-out connection is active.
> Git repository: http://gitorious.org/community-ssu/maemo-tvout-
> control
> * ke-recv:
> ke-recv is daemon responsible for auto mounting MyDocs (eMMC), SD
> card and now also usb flash disks in usb host mode. I changed ke-
> recv code to support:
> - other filesystems (original version support only FAT32, so SD
> card had to be FAT32)
> - more partitions then one (original version mount only first
> partition, now mount all)
> - auto mount usb disks in usb host mode (original version did not
> care about usb disks)
> Git repository: http://gitorious.org/community-ssu/ke-recv
> * Others:
> For Maemo Community I got special piece of Nokia software which
> was closed until Dec 2011. It is Nokia Certification Manager
> control panel plugin which is now open source under LGPL license.
> Before plugin was closed source and had very critical bug: It
> showed blacklisted certificates as valid! Now this bug is fixed
> and after I got source code, Nokia decided to open this plugin
> and publish source code to gitorious.
> TMO announcement: http://talk.maemo.org/showthread.php?t=79957
> Public git repository: http://gitorious.org/maemo-5-certificate-
> manager/maemo-security-certman-applet/
> Also useful for open source community are my scripts which
> created list of all open and closed maemo fremantle packages.
> More information is in TMO thread on
> http://talk.maemo.org/showthread.php?t=75174
> These scripts were used to generate wiki page about all closed
> packages in Maemo 5 Fremantle system:
> http://wiki.maemo.org/Fremantle_closed_packages
> Some of packages on this page were opened and for some same
> version as is in Fremantle can be found in gitorious git
> repositories (see green packages).
> Before, there was no page or list of all real closed source non
> free package in Fremantle. And for open source community is
> needed to know what parts of system are open and what not.
> Except Maemo Extras/CSSU applications I'm active person in TMO
> discussions, on #maemo IRC channel and via my private email. I'm
> trying to help people if they asked me or have some problems.
> In future I want to continue developing and maintaining above
> applications, finish N900 kernel battery charging driver, develop
> and upstream N900 port of U-Boot and contribute to CSSU.
> If I get new device I will not stop doing for Maemo 5/Nokia N900.
> Because Nokia N900 is really brilliant :-)
> --
> Pali Rohár
> pali.rohar at gmail.com
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Iván Gálvez Junquera
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