[maemo-developers] Next steps in the future of our beloved Nokia 770

From: Quim Gil quim.gil at nokia.com
Date: Mon Apr 30 13:05:13 EEST 2007
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Next steps in the future of our beloved Nokia 770

Many of you have been requesting more definition about the support to
the Nokia 770 Internet Tablet. The pilot around the IT OS 2007 Hacker
Edition has been relatively successful, according to your own feedback.
Your tests, ideas, work and also your constructive critique always help
us working more and better. Big thank you! I hope we are in a condition
to give back.
Now it’s time to make new decisions.

We will keep working on the IT OS 2007 Hacker edition for the 770. We
will go through IT OS 2006 bugs submitted in maemo’s Bugzilla, trying to
solve at least the most relevant and the ones already fixed in the
official IT OS 2007. We will release the fixes in updated images, all of
them unofficial and to be used at your own risk. We can’t make any
promise on performance levels or specific bug fixes, but hopefully you
will be happier than now with the results.

We will keep working opening our platform. We are reviewing components,
we are opening processes, we are improving little things here and there.
Many of these changes are not visible yet but we are doing our homework.
For instance, we want to open our planning process around the maemo
development platform, we want to feed Sardine to make it grow, we want
to release early alphas and betas of the maemo SDK, we are exploring
ways to improve packages management and upgrade, the new Modest email
client is getting in shape… and more openness to come for maemo
developers and tablet users.

There is something we need to explain better and you need to understand:
we want to bring open source to a world-class success, even if we are
not in a condition of becoming the popes of openness ourselves. Go to
the upstream projects powering a big percentage of the maemo platform
and look what are our contributions there. Many developers and even some
of Nokia's competitors are benefiting from this contribution. I’d also
say that we are active in the right forums, collaborating with the right

But there are other factors like quality Nokia puts in front of openness
when selecting hardware. Nokia does not hesitate offering non-free
codecs when there is a demand for them. Nokia makes agreements with
commercial partners about services not based in open source, if they are
awaited by the customers. These are the kind of steps Nokia believes
that needs to do in order to bring a successful product to the mass
market. We are doing these steps betting in open source today, and in
its evolution in the following years.

This is our goal, and sometimes we need to rush in order to achieve the
milestones in the way. The 770 support while delivering the N800 on time
suffered from one of these sprints. A mistake was made, our apologies.
We are trying to ammend it and learn from it. Please be patient with
this ongoing project, and expect progress from our side around the
topics that concern you most.

Quim Gil - http://maemo.org

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