[maemo-community] maemo.org and Maemo 5

From: Timo Härkönen timop.harkonen at gmail.com
Date: Mon Mar 23 10:52:26 EET 2009

I think we need some kind of quick start guides for both users and
developers. These docs should be much more graphical than the current
documentation including screenshots, etc. These would serve as gateways to
Maemo presenting the available options and use cases from a high level view.

The quick start for the users the guide could cover such things as basic
functionality and most used applications without going into too much
details. For user this quick start should answer to the question: "what can
I use my tablet for?". It should also provide links to more detailed

Quick start for new developers could cover the available languages,
services, etc. and how to get started with them. So it would give the big
picture about Maemo (application) development.

These guides would require good wiki articles, etc. to link to though.
Especially the wiki pages from the old wiki should be updated and cleaned. (
f.ex. http://wiki.maemo.org/Getting_started_with_Maemo_Garage )

> Volunteers to help out? ;)

I could spend some time on this


2009/3/23 Ryan Abel <rabelg5 at gmail.com>

> With the release of the next generation of tablet hardware and Maemo
> 5, this platform is likely to see an influx of users that will dwarf
> any previous milestone (the N800 release, the N800 price drop, the
> N810 release, etc.) and maemo.org needs to be ready to handle these
> new users. Many of these users will have no prior experience with the
> platform, so this is both an incredible opportunity (to give them a
> great first impression) and an incredibly daunting task.
> So, I'd like to start discussing plans for the Maemo 5 release. These
> new users are going to want three things: software, documentation and
> support. Which gives us three specific areas we have to cover:
> Downloads (and to a lesser extent, maemo.nokia.com), the wiki, and the
> various discussion forums (Talk, the lists, IRC).
> Documentation (especially for new users and developers) will likely
> largely be covered by Nokia (judging by their past performance, it's
> difficult to say how _good_ it will be, but it will at least be
> acceptable), but we'll still need to update the existing content on
> the wiki for Fremantle, and, depending on how Nokia does the whole
> "beta" documentation thing, we may have an opportunity to help out
> with the developer docs.[1] I'm going to ask about the early developer
> device program and see if some considerations might be made for folks
> interested in writing documentation (it'd be really awesome if we
> could get most of the content updated _before_ release).
> Downloads and software distribution are a slightly longer-term goals
> than the Fremantle release timeframe (I'm assuming, anyway ;)), but
> improving usability on the website should be a feasible goal in that
> term. Niels has already started work on some proposals for it, but any
> help to polish and improve them (then helping to implement them) would
> be greatly appreciated.[2] For farther down the road we'll want to
> look at Application Manager integration.
> Right now, the most work is taking place on the support
> infrastructure. The itT -> Talk move with the introduction of new
> moderators, forum reorg, etc. is the first priority, but
> considerations also need to be made for integrating the lists and IRC
> more closely with the website (possibly specifically with Talk).
> So, thoughts on what you think needs priority? Volunteers to help
> out? ;)
> [1]http://wiki.maemo.org/Category:Users
> [2]http://wiki.maemo.org/Task:Downloads_catalog_improvements
> [3]http://wiki.maemo.org/Task:Improving_the_Application_manager
> --
> Ryan Abel
> Maemo Community Council member
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