[maemo-community] Good bye!

From: Michael Cronenworth mike at cchtml.com
Date: Tue Jun 26 05:06:25 EEST 2012
Seeing Maemo as an opportunity to have a full, Linux experience to take 
with me on the go was exciting. Several years of active community 
members and developers gave proof that that excitement was real. 
Unfortunately all of that excitement had been extinguished once the 
hardware hit a brick wall. This e-mail seems like a belated good-bye 
seeing that no real activity in Maemo has happened in over a year. I 
refer Maemo as both 5 and 6(MeeGo).

The last great stand, a.k.a. "Community Awards", was nothing more than a 
front to give away hardware mostly to friends. This embodies the Maemo 
community (perhaps Debian from where it was derived) as I saw it as a 
self-centered, self-righteous body. The proof lies in the empty mailing 
lists (which only became active when a free prize was dangled from a 
stick), the lack of members running for council, the absence of news on 
Linux/mobile sites, and the absence of change to the software ecosphere. 
I do not discount the work done with the CSSU or kernel, but this work 
can only go so far with the hardware they run on and with the limited 
resources (2-3 people?) at hand. The purpose of this email is to not, 
hypocritically, belittle others, but to wish them well on finding new 
projects with a larger chance of success.

It is time for me to move on and wrap up this rant that will disappear 
into the Internet Ocean of bits forever. I had fun while it lasted. I 
engaged with new people and expanded my horizons a bit (never used dpkg 
until Maemo). I hope another company considers a Linux phone in the 
future, but I might have better luck wishing to see the tooth fairy.

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