[maemo-community] Maemo / Nokia might want to take advantage of debian's potential new build system

From: Quim Gil quim.gil at nokia.com
Date: Mon Apr 27 08:18:46 EEST 2009

ext Jeremiah Foster wrote:
> This points to a good data point for the OBS. Plus the more hackers  
> work on it the better it gets. It's GPL, and relocatable. I agree that  
> maemo should take a serious look at implementing it. Hmmm, I suppose  
> that might even be my job? Should I put that on the sprint page? What  
> do people think?

An online build system is a quite a big discussion topic that Maemo is
considering for the future. I already asked for OBS feedback months ago
and I met the core developers at FOSDEM. Such online build system
(Novell's or anything else) could be part of something bigger, not only
to be used by Maemo application developers.

I recommend you not to invest much time on this and rather go to more
immediate work on supporting those developers in the short term with
better documentation and direct help.

For instance, there are many apps in Fremantle extras-devel that do not
install, and we have no (common) idea of the quality of the packages in
that repository. One task could be to see what are the main issues and
common mistakes and start addressing them to ease the path for the new
developers that will be involved for the first time in Maemo development
and perhaps also Debian packaging.

That is the original and main mission of the maemo.org debmaster.

Quim Gil
open source advocate
Maemo Software @ Nokia

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