[maemo-users] Nokia Communication <-- Role of maemo i.e. in Re: Fwd: Skype on N800

From: Mike Lococo mpl22 at cornell.edu
Date: Tue Jul 3 17:05:55 EEST 2007
> What do you think we should do? Bring the Nokia devices/commercial
> agenda also here or keep maemo apart from that?

Maemo should work to function and be perceived as an independent 
organization from Nokia.  It should work toward an independent server 
infrastructure and a governance model that is not solely dependent on 
Nokia for support.  That said, Nokia is the largest contributor to the 
platform and is doing the most with it, both in terms of open 
applications and closed applications.  Announcing your projects and 
giving progress updates regarding them (as any other developer would) is 
important and will be valued by the community.

People on the developers list may have more complex opinions about what 
should happen there, announcements of closed source software don't 
contribute much to the conversation about how one develops for the 
platform, but I think any news that relates to the use of the maemo 
platform is welcome on the Users list.

> Almost the same applies to details of a next Internet Tablet OS release
> besides the platform and open source related components, that we are
> trying to address increasingly through
> http://maemo.org/intro/roadmap.html , http://sardine.garage.maemo.org/ ,
> http://modest.garage.maemo.org/ and other stuff commented through the
> maemo-developers mailing list, our blogs aggregated in
> http://planet.maemo.org and public presentations like
> http://desdeamericaconamor.org/blog/node/369 or Ari Jaaksi's keynote in
> http://www.guadec.org/schedule/core (open source lovers and developers,
> stay tuned that day).

These are great resources, continue to communicate using whatever 
channels are most appropriate.  But it is worth noting that the open 
source community is accustomed to mailing lists being the authoritative 
source for news.  Whenever possible, it would be good to comment on the 
list when a piece of information becomes public, along the lines of:

      There's going to be a demo of the new OS release, including the
      Skype client, at the Digital Experience show in NYC, check it out
      if you're in the area.  The details and release date still aren't
      public, but we're running more or less on schedule.  See our
      January press release for the public 'schedule':

Mike Lococo

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