[maemo-community] TMO forums donated to Hildon Foundation

From: Pau Garcia i Quiles pgquiles at elpauer.org
Date: Wed Dec 12 21:59:55 EET 2012

There are migration tools to convert from vBulletin to SMF, for instance:



AFAIK, SMF requires less resources than vBulletin, so a less powerful (and
cheaper) hosting may be enough, specially given that Maemo is (sadly) not
exactly in its brightest moment.

BTW, why doesn't Hildon Foundation join forces with Mer Project (or even
merge) ?

On Wed, Dec 12, 2012 at 8:47 PM, Iván Gálvez Junquera <ivgalvez at gmail.com>wrote:

> TMO <http://talk.maemo.org> forum started being part of maemo.org more
> than 3 years ago with funding from Nokia. Previously it was part of the web
> site Internet Tablet Talk <http://www.internettablettalk.com/>, privately founded
> by Reggie Suplido and dedicated to the initial Nokia Maemo devices.
> The Internet Tablet Talk <http://www.internettablettalk.com/> first and
> TMO <http://talk.maemo.org/> later, have been the glue for this amazing
> community that we have, providing an efficient way of communication between
> developers and end users, not just a place for discussion and comments.
> Reggie has been the administrator and owner of forums since the very
> beginning, and thanks to him a lot has been accomplished. However, now that
> Nokia is stopping activities around Maemo and Meego, continuation of forums
> was at risk.
> The cost of maintenance for current host<http://talk.maemo.org/showthread.php?p=1227233#post1227233> solution was
> too expensive ($468/month) to be funded by the Hildon Foundation<http://www.hildonfoundation.org>.
> Continuing in the same way was clearly difficult so migration to a cheaper
> solution was somehow mandatory.
> Finally, Reggie has decided to donate the forum to the Hildon Foundation:
> *"I will be stepping down as the TMO administrator effective January 1, **2013.
> I have decided that I will be donating the database to the foundation."*
> *"I saw my name mentioned in one of the board meetings about the possibility
> of becoming the admin of maemo.org. I appreciate the offer
> but I have to decline as of this time."*
> *
> *
> From the Hildon Foundation <http://www.hildonfoundation.org> we want to
> thank Reggie for this contribution and for all the time and efforts he has
> shared with us.
> Now we have different constraints that affect the migration of the server:
> - Lack of funds to pay a new hosting service and a vBulletin license.
> Please donate <http://talk.maemo.org/showthread.php?p=1303767>!
> - Man power to migrate and administrate the forums. Board and Council are
> conducting a survey to address it.
> - Concerns about data privacy laws if we move the service from the U.S. to
> Europe.
> Migrating to an OSS might be doable in the near future but at this point
> it could be very difficult to accomplish, as we lack resources and time.
> However, if anyone with the required knowledge is interested in starting
> such a project for migration, please contact with Council<council at maemo.org>
> .
> --
> Iván Gálvez (ivgalvez)
> The Hildon Foundation <http://www.hildonfoundation.org>
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Pau Garcia i Quiles
(Due to my workload, I may need 10 days to answer)
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