[maemo-users] [lists] Re: Is OS2006 still supported?

From: Graham Cobb g+770 at cobb.uk.net
Date: Fri Apr 18 17:29:12 EEST 2008
On Friday 18 April 2008 13:23:13 Quim Gil wrote:
> ext Luca Olivetti wrote:
> > The community sure can do many things, but cannot do some *core* things,
> > like replacing the kernel with a newer one (once the binary blobs stops
> > working since the vendor lost interest in providing it), or replacing
> > some nokia applets to control those things.
> Alright. Do you think that application developers and regular users of
> those devices would be stuck if they are stuck to the same kernel and
> related components - or progress can be done anyway?

One of the big problems with the older releases is that they are using old 
versions of some key libraries (glib is the biggest issue for me but there 
are others such as libxml).  Increasingly I find that the latest versions of 
applications assume a more up to date environment and take considerable 
effort to back-port.

That is one reason why I have stopped doing mistral builds (although I have 
not removed the packages from the repository) and will probably soon stop 
doing gregale builds.

Now, these libraries probably do not require a new kernel.  But replacing them 
with newer versions may have impact on system components, including non-free 
components.  At a minimum there will be considerable testing required.


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