[maemo-developers] No more 770 bug activity?

From: Neil MacLeod gmane at nmacleod.com
Date: Wed Apr 4 10:08:31 EEST 2007
Dave Neuer wrote:
> On 4/3/07, Acadia Secure Networks <acadiasecurenets at aol.com> wrote:

> What enterprise wants to use a device that may be abandoned by the
> vendor for even fixes for known bugs after 1 and 1/2 years??
> Dave

The reality is that the 770 has been abandoned after just 13 months.

The last OS 2006 update - if you can call it that, as the changelog details only a few WiFi bug fixes that nobody seemed to need and zero bug fixes people did need - has a build date of week 49 2006, which is 4-8 December 2006 (released late Jan 2007) suggesting all OS 2006 development ended in the first week of December 2006. That's just 13 months after the release of the 770 in the second week of November 2005.

What I would champion is a single, final release of OS 2006 with as many bugs fixed as possible - certainly many of those listed in the public Bugzilla that can be fixed within a resonable time-frame and at reasonable cost.

Alternatively, OS 2007 on 770 works very, very well - far better than many expected given the doom & gloom projections from Nokia, and it should be considered as an option for continued development (and support) beyond a single "hacker release".

Open sourcing OS 2006 may be possible - once the legal hurdles have been cleared - but are there enough people that would be interested in repacking new firmware and updates for 770 users? Would the resources needed to open source OS 2006 be better spent on getting OS 2007 into shape so that it can be formally released for 770?

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