[maemo-developers] No more 770 bug activity?

From: Sameer Verma sverma at sfsu.edu
Date: Thu Apr 5 22:17:43 EEST 2007
Rainer Dorsch wrote:
> Marius,
> I second all you write, except that I can imagine that getting open source 
> approval for a component might be more effort than you first expect.
> I hope that Nokia is doing the last step to get fully open source. Being able 
> to build my own image as I can do for my nslu2 from linksys would make me 
> confident that I can use the N770 for a long time. This does not mean that I 
> would have no need a new tablet, in contrary, I would be confident that the 
> new device is useable for a long time as well.
> The nslu2 had for a long time issues with a binary ethernet driver, but this 
> is now finally resolved and the nslu2 is now fully supported by Debian 4.0.
> Not sure if it is feasible at all to get to such a setup for the N770/N800 and 
> which are the critical parts which Nokia needs to provide and what could be a 
> first step...Opera and flashplayer are the first things I could live without. 
> This could even push minimo.
> Thanks,
> Rainer

I agree with Rainer on several fronts. For me the interest is not so
much in hanging on to my 770 but more in the sustainability of a Maemo
as a collection of open source projects. For example, being able to run
a Maemo-like environment on a tablet PC would open doors to many other

There are many ways in which companies use free and open source
software. However, using versus providing are two very different issues.
Managing IP issues, commit rights to CVS from the outside, etc. are lot
more complicated to deal with when such projects begin behind closed
doors. In fact, I have a student who is writing her Masters thesis on
the aspects of open sourcing a closed project in a corporate environment!

In the long run, sustainability will depend on continued interest,
portability across different hardware and (like Rainer said) moving
towards better and independent choice in browsers, etc. At the risk of
losing some control, Nokia might perhaps gain a lot more by way of
feedback and development.

I am encouraged by e-mails on this thread that "wheels are turning" at
Nokia. I hope they can let others know about it as much as possible so
that perhaps outsiders can assist in this wheel-turning business.


Dr. Sameer Verma, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Information Systems
San Francisco State University
San Francisco CA 94132 USA

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