[maemo-developers] [maemo-developers]http://press.nokia.com:80/PR/200605/1051308_5.html

From: Risto Varanka rvaranka at luukku.com
Date: Tue May 16 21:36:45 EEST 2006
----- Forwarded message from Devesh Kothari <devesh.kothari at nokia.com> ----

>I am of the opinion that everyone MUST be advised to upgrade
>- it is a free upgrade
>- Maintaining Maemo 1.1 and 2.0 which are incompatible is a big
> problem (proposal is move Maemo 1.1 to archive status)
>- It just causes confusion if  Maemo 1.1  and 2.0 applications  start  to
> coexist especially to the end user (Maemo 2.0 Application installer
> would refuse to install anyway)

>From the 3rd party developer/Nokia point of view I agree, nobody wants the overhead for now. And all kinds of rough edges are kind of expected at this point, even if everybody is doing his/her best to improve things.

>From a user PoV I'm doubtful. Current users want the applications, and there would be a plethora of other reasons to be slow in updating. Think about other platform products, like Red Hat, PalmOS, or Symbian, do they only support the latest version as well? I think in the long run you need a process that takes this into account.

For this upgrade, I think you'd need a developer release at least 2 weeks in advance for a smooth transition. This could be different things as the critical thing is just a way to test that one's implementation of the new APIs works, as early as possible. A public beta of the production image could be a way to do this but it involves other overhead and would bring other benefits, like feedback from real users, more publicity, etc.

If a smooth transition is essential in your mind you could even delay the production release. 

>So we need to come up with the concept of community contrib repository
>where the 3rd party applications could be uploaded

Something like all the repositories you can use with apt-get and sources.list on Debian? That could be ideal but making the maintenance smooth (everything needs to work with everything) is not trivial.


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