[maemo-community] Council candidature: Kees Jongenburger

From: Kees Jongenburger kees.jongenburger at gmail.com
Date: Mon Mar 9 14:04:21 EET 2009
Name: Kees Jongenburger
maemo.org: keesj - http://maemo.org/profile/view/keesj/
Corporate affiliation: I work for TomTom as embedded software engineer

 When I looks at everything Maemo represents I think we are in a
challenging position . I think that we have  plenty of open source
software and a powerful company behind us. Of course we will also have
great hardware, but that as said we are in a challenging position. At
times of the 770 creating an open source portable Internet and media
experience was something very special, but this is no longer
enough.The rules are changing. There is now accessible open hardware
out there that almost "fits in your pocket". There are also many
embedded distributions out there, there is 3d hardware support, there
are netbooks with 3G Internet, androids , openmoko's and IPhones. I
think it's time for the community to be more pragmatic and focused on
profit. Mer is a very nice example of how we as community can gain
"profit" from Maemo, it enables US to use and change The Maemo
software stack in interesting ways and make it run on interesting
platforms. We need more things like this that enables business around
and IN the community, this will drive development of the platform.
Simply put we are lagging behind in terms of growing the community.
Mer offers a nice and open solution for platform developers but we
also need to find a solution to help  casual users create market
around their software. The new hardware and software stack will be
great but we need to develop our vision to grow booth towards
independence and business. This community needs food and I want to
help selecting the ingredients for the menu.

I have been earning my life using and developing open source software
in the last 12 years. I am following many embedded open source project
(beagle, openmoko and maemo being a few).
I guess I am not the typical person who usually can be found in the
council of "communities" but I think I can represent a good portion of
the developers interested in maemo development.

I have not done something like this before , therefore i try!

Kees Jongenburger

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