[maemo-community] A business case for Maemo

From: Randall Arnold texrat at ovi.com
Date: Thu Oct 15 20:02:49 EEST 2009
Since actions speak louder than words, I have already begun a process...

I just registered a new domain, maemo-daemons.org (I may take out the
.net as well).  The starting idea is simple: it will be a place for
any/all of us to present ourselves and our services oriented around
Maemo.  The idea I have is that we will include in our profile paypal
and/or alternative donation services, to be presented as strictly

IF this idea takes off, perhaps we could even ultimately have teams and
structures.  The LinkedIn and other APIs could even be leveraged in some

For now this url will associate with my 1and1 windows account (yeah,
yeah) but I'm open to another host.  I will also start on graphics,
layout ideas, etc.


Randall (Randy) Arnold
maemo.org community council

> ----- Original message -----
> From: "Dave Neary" <dneary at maemo.org>
> To: "List for community development" <maemo-community at maemo.org>
> Subject: Re: A business case for Maemo
> Date: Thu, 15 Oct 2009 17:12:23 +0200
> Hi,
> I have recently talked to some people who are interested in Mer and/or
> Maemo as an alternative to Poky Linux as a "get started" platform for
> ARM, but right now they don't know who to engage to get professional
> support for it. I'm not suggesting people go gung-ho into it, but there
> is a market for people who know embedded linux well, and who can cover
> the gamut of things that people need from it - including adding
> support, integration in terms of a distribution, and development of
> vertical applications.
> Other possibilities exist - Maemo 4 and Maemo 5 are mostly free, and I
> am sure that Nokia would be delighted to see Maemo 5 develop
> independently as a Hildon + Clutter-based "GNOME MID edition", if there
> were some developers willing to take over support & replace the
> proprietary bits with either open bits or different proprietary bits
> from other partners, and have (say) a Maemo based Archos or whatnot.
> And there are opportunities for people who provide quality services on
> free software stacks - be it through maintaining a library & doing
> custom development, or developing & delivering high-quality training
> material that people want to learn.
> I came across this wiki page today when tidying some stuff up:
> http://wiki.maemo.org/Companies_in_Maemo_development - there are
> of course, but this list more or less didn't exist at all 5 years ago -
> showing you that there are already collective opportunities out there,
> and the Maemo community may well be the place to advertise your
> Maemo-related services.
> Cheers,
> Dave.
> Randall Arnold wrote:
> > I started thinking about this before the Summit and it really gelled
> > for me in Amsterdam, sharing excitement and energy with everyone
> > there:
> >
> > There are so many unemployed and underemployed people in this
> > community, and so much potential with Maemo. Maybe it's time at
> > least some of us consider creating a global, virtual cooperative with
> > common goals and find some way to make a living at what we enjoy.
> >
> > While at Nokia I found myself driving to work every day (especially
> > at the factory) thinking "I can't wait to get to work and get back on
> > the project waiting for me there!". As crazy as it sounds, I was
> > constantly engaged while employed with them and despitre the
> > occasional frustrations really, really loved working there.
> >
> > My current job inspires no such excitement... but being around you
> > guys and experiencing the thrill of discovery with the N900 made me
> > realize THAT is where I want to be.
> >
> > So... am I the only one thinking like this? Is it "wrong" to want to
> > wrap a career around Maemo device support? And if it isn't, what
> > value could a potential virtual team provide?
> >
> > Just looking to brainstorm for now,
> >
> > Randy
> >
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