[maemo-developers] [maemo-developers] [maemo-announce] maemo 2.2 'gregale' isreleased

From: Jakub.Pavelek at nokia.com Jakub.Pavelek at nokia.com
Date: Mon Feb 5 10:42:42 EET 2007
>> >It's great to see a new 2.x SDK release that runs on the 
>same version 
>> >of scratchbox as the 3.0 SDK, but my main concern is will packages 
>> >created with the new SDK work on maemo 2.0 and 2.1 platforms?  When 
>> >the 2.1/scirocco SDK was released, because of auto-generated 
>> >dependency issues in the package, packages created with the 2.1 SDK 
>> >would not generally work on 2.0 platforms.  As such, it has 
>been best 
>> >to continue to use the 2.0 SDK to build packages that will 
>work on both 2.0 and 2.1 maemo platforms.
>> >
>> >Now, we have a new 2.2 SDK, and I suspect that we will run into the 
>> >same dependency issues.  Are developers going to be continued to 
>> >forced to use the 2.0 SDK in order to build packages that 
>support all 
>> >2.x platforms (and as a result, continue to maintain the 
>older scratchbox installation)?
>> >Perhaps there can be some way to configure the 2.2 SDK such that it 
>> >will generate package dependencies for older 2.x releases.
>> This is far from ideal, but you can always circumvent the automatic 
>> dependencies and put the dependencies manually. Automatic 
>> come from the ${shlibs:Depends} pseudo-dependency in the 
>> debian/control file, which is replaced by all the packages 
>> the libraries the program is linked against. You can remove 
>this field 
>> add the dependencies on library manually,  with versions  
>available in  maemo 2.0.
>Yep, I'm aware of this option, but I'd rather keep 2.0 on my 
>system and have two scratchbox installations than implement 
>this kludge.  I would have to maintain separate control files 
>if I went with this option, one for 2.x and one for 3.0.
>Seriously, it would be more useful to provide a 2.0-compatible 
>SDK that runs on the latest Scratchbox than providing a 2.2 SDK.

I fully agree with Aaron here. 

Speaking from my position of free-time developer, not Nokia insider, I
feel that relases 2.1 and 2.2 created confusion and fragmented developer
efforts. I do not develop for Maemo 2.0, 2.1 or 2.2, I develop for
IT-2006 users and the role of SDK should be to make sure I do that.
Giving the SDK releases names and numbers that have no relation to the
ITOS releases and updates is something I do not understand.



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