[maemo-community] N9 device seeding activity

From: Roberto Colistete Jr. roberto.colistete at gmail.com
Date: Sat Apr 21 23:44:07 EEST 2012
On 4/21/12, Timo Härkönen <timop.harkonen at gmail.com> wrote:
> Hi
> 21. huhtikuuta 2012 20.24 Roberto Colistete Jr. <roberto.colistete at gmail.com
>> kirjoitti:
>> To boost porting & releasing softwares for MeeGo Harmattan : Nokia
>> Store & Apps ForMeeGo should be only a recommendation as they can't
>> accept softwares with external dependencies like Maemo.org
>> repositories.
> I don't see anyone saying that's the only way to go. If someone has needs
> for a device to do an open source application with a purpose of publishing
> it through the store I would see that as valid reason to ask for a device
> given that there's enough reason to believe it will actually happen. Same
> should apply for any other reason for requesting a device. platform
> hacking, QA, application development, porting Qt5 or whatever.
> afaik the external dependency thing in apps.formeego is only a policy issue
> not a technical thing. So not really an issue just something that needs to
> be discussed. Actually what is the proper place to discuss things like
> apps.formeego policy? As I've understood it the goal now is to unify things
> with it and maemo.org by introducing maemo targets to obs. I'd think this
> list would be it.

    AFAIK, the external dependency limitation in Apps ForMeeGo is technical.

    For example, I've packaged MatPlotLib (a well know FOSS Python
library) and it is in a Talk Maemo.org
(http://talk.maemo.org/showthread.php?t=80353) because it can't be
published in Nokia Store / Apps ForMeeGo (because it needs external
dependencies / multiple .debs).

     Many other FOSS projects which can be ported to MeeGo Harmattan
fall in the same limitation. Maemo 4/5 OS has Maemo.org repositories
with dependencies capabilities.

>> Even a .deb posted in a specific Talk Maemo.org topic should be enough
>> because it is simple to install.
> IMHO not even close enough. We have repositories and build machinery for a
> reason. things like ensuring clean build environment, making sure the
> needed dependencies are there and so on. Besides most of the deb drops in
> tmo I have seen do not even include a link to the sources so again no. We
> should be encouraging people to use the proper channels to distribute their
> stuff (be it the store, apps.formeego or maemo.org repos) not posting links
> to binary deb packages in tmo.

    Better : even a Talk Maemo.org topic (or link to other site) with
links to source-code and .deb's. Ok ? Nobody is lazy here, like
Inception, overclocking, etc projects.
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