500 happy contributors
If you remember, we were figuring out the best way of rewarding community contributions to maemo. Well, the result is now out in the form of 500 emails to 500 fortunate people getting a substantial discount for a Nokia N810. The official announcement (including the list of winners) will be in maemo.org next Monday. We thought some of you would have a nicer weekend receiving the email already today, right after knowing that maemo 4.0 Chinook SDK has been released.
It’s been a weird kind of pleasure to go through +900 submissions in less than a week. Sorry if your proposal hasn’t been accepted but there was no mathematical way to make everybody happy. I don’t want to get into details about acceptance criteria since there is some people out there really clever at reverse-engineering anything but I do want to make clear some points for you to know:
- Remarkable application developers were an obvious priority. This includes the stars of maemo Downloads and programmers making an interesting use of Hildon and the tablet UI in general.
- Platform developers have also received first class treatment, from the guys pushing maemo Linux beyond Nokia’s EULA to the upstream developers with a maemo agenda or hobby.
- Developers willing to improve maemo development beyond the official offering have also been treated with dedicated love.
- Remarkable contributors in the maemo software stack have gone mostly through, as well as some champions of free software development in well known projects: Linux kernel, GNU & Debian tools, GNOME components, Mozilla…
- We have tried to be specially kind to our mates active in the GNOME Mobile context somewhere around Ubuntu, OpenMoko, OLPC…
- We have tried to be absolutely responsive to those that directly or indirectly tell us how wrong we are, or how could we do better – and are actually doing something effective about it. There are many of these but to give you an idea we are talking about the lobbies around Mamona, OpenEmbedded, Enlightenment, Java, Qt/KDE, WebKit, several email clients…
- Also verrry nice to see experienced phone/PDA developers with quite impressive CV in platforms like Symbian, Windows ME, Palm, even Zaurus… and a good idea to get their hands dirty in open source development for the tablets.
- As promised, many non-developers doing/planning interesting stuff were accepted, including a big load of newcomers.
- fwiw best summary writer got accepted as well: why porn when you can code on n810? Don’t get me wrong, the guy is a respected GNOME hacker and he was offering to improve the stuff he is maintaining upstream.
- In fact we got many upstream developers willing to bring their desktop applications or improve the support to existing maemo ports/adaptations and their connection to trunk. Cool! To name a few: Abiword, Inkscape, Pidgin.
- i18n pushers were well considered too, specially around Asian languages, right-to-left support, virtual keyboard variants…
There were some sensitive areas of functionality taking advantage of the integrated GPS and the hardware keyboard (i.e. location or blogging) to be added to the traditional ones (PIM, sync, multimedia…) We hope the fortunate developers interested in these popular areas ask around before reinventing wheels under development elsewhere. Some dialog and coordination at area levels starts to be really needed.
This plus BIG THANK YOU was more or less what I wanted to say about the N810 maemo device program. There is something else though, just a blink to the InternetTabletTalk community (that is enjoying today a revamped layout with fixed width mwah wah wah!): penguinbait, gnuite and fanoush will get a fresh & free-as-in-beer device delivered at home, as someone suggested. No, thank *you*.
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