[maemo-developers] Engadget, developers, extras-dev and Maemo LTS

From: Aldon Hynes Aldon.Hynes at Orient-Lodge.com
Date: Fri Jan 22 19:54:25 EET 2010
I would respectfully suggest that engadget's view, while representing the
view of the person that wrote it, is perhaps no more or less representative
of the views of users than views expressed by developers on this list.

Developers are an important set of users.  Engadget readers and another
potentially important set of users.  It seems to me that the balance between
different catalogs, including things like extras-developer catalog helps
meet some of the needs of both communities, and going forward it may make
sense for other catalogs.  Likewise, it may make sense, moving forward to
look at supporting both a current version of maemo and a maemo LTS (long
term support) version.

My two cents.

-----Original Message-----
From: maemo-developers-bounces at maemo.org
[mailto:maemo-developers-bounces at maemo.org]On Behalf Of Jeremiah Foster
Sent: Thursday, January 21, 2010 4:10 AM
To: maemo-developers at maemo.org
Subject: Re: How to destroy your community

I thought I would post a snippet from the Endgadget review that represents
the view of the users of Nokia's products. This is something that Nokia
bears in mind, even if we at maemo.org don't always, we tend to be
self-selecting geeks.

"After having dug in, we're seeing glimmers of brilliance here that give us
hope. Maemo 5 isn't the polished, consumer-friendly, all-encompassing
solution that Palm, Google, and Apple are all selling today, but it's fairly
evident that Nokia has built itself a stable, extensible platform that can
reach those levels with a little tender loving care. The company's
commitment to open source and the Maemo development community is
commendable -- it's something that should absolutely continue -- but going
forward, we'd love to see what kinds of magical things could happen if it
took development to 100 percent feature completion internally with a full
round of usability testing before handing it off to the eager geeks in the
field. The mere thought sends shivers down our spine."

The important point here is that users want _less_ developer control and
_more_ Nokia control.

Any smart company listens to their users and Nokia is no exception.


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