[maemo-community] Maemo Community Awards

From: Dennis Groenen tj.groenen at gmail.com
Date: Mon Jun 11 23:44:22 EEST 2012
Hi there,

I would like to nominate myself for the Community Awards. I am applying for a
N950, though I'd gladly accept a N9 as well.

My nickname at TMO and maemo.org is iDont[1][2]

A short overview of my contributions to the community:
 * Busybox-power[3] - upstream BusyBox for Fremantle.
   It supplies the user with a _lot_ more utilities and features that are not
   found in the stock BusyBox binary. A lot of Maemo bugs are also squashed,
   either by upstream or patches that I wrote myself (e.g. #5317, #3582, #5978,
   #2918, #4174, #4175, #12211, and a few more, but also bugs reported on TMO).
   A lot of work is put in porting, (regression) testing and packaging to make
   the (un)installation as safe & easy as possible. Some work also
went upstream.

 * Making Maemo accept other filesystems than ext3 for /home.
   Maemo gets into a reboot loop after changing the FS for /home. I wanted to
   change the FS for performance reasons, although there are other legitimate
   use cases as well. After failing initially, a Nokian "applauding [my] efforts
   to brick [my] device" on #maemo, and lots of debugging sessions, I managed
   to get it working, and published the results in Maemo's wiki[4].

 * kernel-bfs[5] - kernel-power + BFS, -ck patchset, and a few others.
   I've done a bit of kernel hacking alongside Peter Hunt and Corey O'Connor,
   experimenting with Con Kolivas' patches to try to improve responsiveness and
   interactivity on the N900. Unfortunately, kernel-bfs failed to provide a
   viable alternative to kernel-power, and I've lost interest in it. Some work
   however has been included in kernel-power, namely free swap page callback
   patch (for compcache) and ext4 fixes.

 * Some various stuff like: porting reiser4progs and its dependencies, Geeqie
   (pretty much a straight port), some contributions on TMO and to a lesser
   extend on IRC, and a few wiki contributions.

I've written down a bit more than I had intended to, hopefully you don't mind.


[1] http://maemo.org/profile/view/idont/
[2] http://talk.maemo.org/member.php?u=39604
[3] http://maemo.org/packages/view/busybox-power/
[4] http://wiki.maemo.org/Changing_the_eMMC_filesystem
[5] https://garage.maemo.org/projects/kernel-bfs/
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