A small present/preview from the developer platform team

December 22, 2009 at 16:04 | Posted in Uncategorized | 41 Comments

The holiday season is here, and we have a small present for you!

It’s a tech preview called Madde, a cross-compilation toolkit for Maemo5. Madde runs on Linux, Windows and Mac, choose your flavour.

It’s a tech preview, so be aware that it isn’t production quality yet. We have played with it a bit, so it definitely works. But as it is a tech preview, don’t expect support.

Madde is a command line tool, but the documentation should clarify how to get started and answer the most common questions.

We would like to hear what you think of it though! There is a component in the Developer platform product in Bugzilla called Madde for any bugs that come up. And we’ll be creating a thread on talk also, where you can give feedback. The team that made Madde is very interested in what you think about the tool.

You can fetch Madde from here. There’s also a .deb package in the downloads to provide a nice way to interface the N900 from Madde. It’s also in development, so don’t expect eye-candy yet.

The idea with Madde is to smooth the way for new developers to shift into Maemo.

The idea is that with Madde you can compile your stuff on your own machine without scratchbox, thus taking away the pain of setting scratchbox up in the first place. Not to mention that setup for Madde is simple, just run the installer and read the instructions while everything is put in place.

The toolkit contains the Qt 4.5 libraries by default. So you can work with Qt directly, no additional downloading needed.

Please tell us what you think.

So happy holidays and hacking to everyone!


Amsterdam flash marathon

October 12, 2009 at 13:12 | Posted in Uncategorized | 34 Comments

Summit is over, a huge thanks to everyone who attended and made the event memorable!

Now that (almost) everyone has gotten home, it’s time to tell you how Soumya, Daniel, Quim, Lasse and me spent our Thursday.

The story begins back home at 4:45 in the morning. I connected to the Nokia intranet over vpn to fetch the nightly images from the repository. Then jumped in a taxi, collected Daniel on the way to the airport where we met Quim and Soumya for the early morning flight to Amsterdam!

So when Peter talked about fresh software the next morning, he really meant it!

During the flight both me and Daniel went through the list of participants name by name to count the geographical distribution. Thanks for including that information in the registration form, and to remove the Nokia employed people from the list. In Amsterdam we compered the results and decided on amounts of devices per region. The Benelux countries took home the prize of most attendees.

Taxi to WesterGasfabriek

8:25 a taxi to WestergasFabriek, where we located the batch of well packaged N900s, all covered in DHL a tape, fresh from the factory. If the software was fresh, so where the devices!


Half an hour later we had gotten the boxes moved to the Community Hall with a fork lifter where we set up a flashing line.

Flash set-up

Two tables and benches next to the wall, four laptops connected to flashing stations, enough power cables for everything, and we were ready to rock. Quim did unpacking and fed us devices for flashing and picking up and reboxing the flashed devices. For the sake of speed we had decided to flash the devices so that each one of us took one geographical area. That way Quim had an easier time putting the devices back in boxes and marking the boxes with the regions.

Opening device

Our ‘official’ way to open a device for flashing is to slide a shop bonus card in through the crack for opening the back cover and then turn the card. This really is the only way to do it to hundreds of devices. Then put the device on the flashing jig and run flasher. Pop the device off after four minutes (we were doing a full reflash, and the internal memory card is big…) and put it back in the box and make everything look untouched 🙂

And all this needs to happen with a pair of gloves on. No-one likes greasy finger prints on their brand new device!

The hotel cleaning lady must have looked twice when cleaning Daniels room on Friday morning. He forgot the pair of black gloves and two knives laying on the table…

Set going up

At the same time as we were flashing devices the crew at WesterGasFabriek were setting the stage for the summit. The crew literally built the Community Hall around us! At some point the noise got so bad that they brought us earplugs.

After a few hours we kept a short coffee break and continued to go through the batch. The break served as lunch too. Only later did we learn that lunch in the Netherlands apparently consists of sandwitches and something small.

Lasse arrived some time around noon, and got straight into the job. Flying in from Oulu takes more time with the necessary transfer at Helsinki.

Almost there

Quim and I had to leave for some pre-arranged meetings after two. We felt pretty bad leaving the others to finish the job, but it was clear that things could be done in time to hide all evidence of our work before the Summit registration was opened. And sure enough Soumya, Daniel and Lasse cleaned the place in good time and went to the hotel to check-in. The preparations were done and we could relax for the evening and meet everyone at the evening get-together.

Friday morning the feeling of seeing the faces of people when Ari broke the news was in itself worth the early morning wake up on Thursday. The short moment of silent disbelief and the applause. it just feels good to know that we were part of making that happen.

But we weren’t there yet. We had the grateful task of handing the devices out to people. So we slipped out after Ari’s keynote and met at the info desk and started transforming it to the N900 delivery point! Lasse was already setting up the infra and support for the N900 demo area.

After watching Peter give the instructions in the N900 hall over the live tv stream, we braced for the rush. And sure enough, the first people practically came running over! And the big wave of people right after them! The whole info point desk turned into a bar with an N900 happy hour going on. The frenzy of papers, id-cards, summit badges and N900s was wild.

After the rush

At the end of the day we had given out 280 devices, 20 left to the people who for one reason or another couldn’t make it to the summit on Friday.

The news spread fast through the Internet And as we welcomed the first people at the registration desk on Saturday morning, they knew to ask about the devices as they got their badges.


The Saturday special was flashing the devices live at the desk. The flash jig got the interest it deserved, those little things saved our Thursday (Thanks Lasse, for getting them!).

With the last device out of our hands on Saturday, it was time to get together and congratulate each other for the mission accomplished. The whole operation went smoothly with no surprises.

A huge thanks to Anna-Marja, Henrietta and Satu for manning the info desk and letting us slip off occasionally for short breaks. Not forgetting Olli and Peter and everyone else for the fight to make this happen. It was worth it!

I would really like to thank Soumya, Daniel, Lasse and Quim for an unforgettable Thursday! I’ll do it again any time.

maemo.gitorious.org gaining good content

October 9, 2009 at 16:09 | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

The brand new http://maemo.gitorious.org/ has been getting new content at a good rate!
That trend should continue in the future too.

A really interesting addition to the different Maemo projects is the technical preview of the Maemo 6 UI. And that is hosted o the Qt side 🙂

Go see http://qt.gitorious.org/maemo-6-ui-framework !

Autobuilder on maemo.org has been down

October 7, 2009 at 13:40 | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Hi all,

We have had an issue with updating the autobuiler used for the maemo.org repository queues to use the final SDK.

As some libraries have been moved out from the SDK repository, it has taken a while to  figure out how to provide the necessary libraries to the builder in a future-proof way. It looks like we now have a good solution for the issue.

Really sorry for the inconvenience, hope you all understand the situation. This definitely was an “oops” from our side.


Maemo Developer Day and Forum Nokia Qt for Mobile Developers training November 18-20, 2009, Copenhagen Denmark

October 7, 2009 at 12:12 | Posted in Uncategorized | 1 Comment

Forum Nokia are giving hosting a training event in Copenhagen about Maemo and Qt.

The topics are centered around Maemo and Qt, and the target audience is developers interested in those areas. Commercial development will also be a topic in the event.

The registration is free, but needs to be done in advance.


October 6, 2009 at 11:10 | Posted in Uncategorized | 1 Comment

maemo.gitorious.org just went live!

maemo.gitorious.org will be the place where Maemo devices develops the Maemo platform in the open.

Naturally the upstream projects that are used by Maemo Devices will be developed at the upstream sources, while everything else Maemo Devices  develops in the open will move to maemo.gitorious.org as time goes by.

The idea of having a single location is to make it easier for people to find what they are looking for and to have a simple way to contribute back.

See you at maemo.gitorious.org !

Scratchbox-2 version 2.0 released !

April 2, 2009 at 14:38 | Posted in Uncategorized | 2 Comments
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On April Fools’ Day (1.4.2009) Scratchbox-2 version 2.0 was released. We are going to use this version in the next maemo SDK+ release that we are planning to release on week 15/2009. Scratchbox-2 is one of the core components of maemo SDK+ development environment.

SB2 home page: http://freedesktop.org/wiki/Software/sbox2

Maemo SDK+ home page: http://maemo-sdk.garage.maemo.org

Maemo SDK+ RC1 released

December 9, 2008 at 12:44 | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Maemo SDK+ team is happy to announce our Release Candidate 1 (RC1).

This RC1 release has better support for debugging with gdb and valgrind tools. We have also made several improvements mostly to the maemo-sdk tool and Scratchbox-2 core components and also fixed a number of issues that were in the previous release.

In this release we also provide a separate easy-to-use installer script that installs the whole SDK+ environment with minimal hassle. For first time users we recommend to use this installer over manual installation. The installer conveniently installs the required toolchains, rootstraps, Etch-tools and other SDK+ components that previously might have required a manual installation or other additional steps to get a working SDK+ environment fully configured.

RC-1 is available for Ubuntu Intrepid Ibex 8.10, Ubuntu Hardy Heron 8.04, Ubuntu Gutsy Gibbon 7.10 and also for Debian Lenny, Debian Etch/i386 GNU/Linux distributions.

The core components and their version are: maemo-sdk, Scratchbox2, Q-EMU 0.9.1-6 (This is the “SB2” version with patches), Libtool 1.5.26-2, sbrsh 7.6 and Anjuta IDE plugin 0.4.2.

This release also includes the newly announced rootstraps of Fremantle SDK Alpha-release.

More information is available in the SDK+ page:


– Maemo SDK+ team

Now the site really feels faster!

November 18, 2008 at 22:14 | Posted in Uncategorized | 2 Comments

Bergie beat me to the post 🙂

A big thank you to everyone involved in the push! Especially X-Fade and Bergie.

I was happy when I read my mails this morning, X-Fade telling that the upgrade went well. And I was really smiling when I logged onto the site.

The site is just faster. The new Midgard version feels good and support just got better. And still some small tweaks on the way, great!

Now I think the main pages are technically ready for the community to keep growing 🙂

Excellent job, thank you!

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Maemo 4.x Chinook training material released

December 12, 2007 at 12:14 | Posted in training, Uncategorized | Leave a comment
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Maemo team released today maemo 4.x Chinook training material. We hope that maemo training courses provide an efficient overview of the tools and methodologies needed when developing applications and platform services to the maemo platform. Courses have been done to be as hands-on style as possible. In practice tis means that there are a lot of exercises and examples how to write simple GUI applications and platform services and how to integrate them into the maemo platform and the packaging framework.

More information about maemo training material, course material itself and instructions how maemo community can contribute to the training material creation can be found from official maemo training pages and maemo community wiki pages.

This time we announced following three maemo training courses for maemo 4.x Chinook:

maemo Getting Started
– introduction to the maemo platform and setting up environment
– can be used (if needed) at the beginning of Application and Platform
Development training sessions
– planned to be 1 day class room course
– course content as html is available here

maemo Application Development
– introduction to maemo application development on top of maemo platform
– maemo Getting Started as prerequisite
– can be used (together with Getting Started) as independent training material
– planned to be 3 day class room course
– course content as html is available here

maemo Platform Development
– introduction to maemo platform and service development
– maemo Getting Started and Application Development as prerequisite
– can be used (together with Getting Started) as independent training material
– planned to be 2 day class room course
– course content as html is available here

In near future we plan to announce also one more course e.g.
maemo Technology Overview
– overview of technologies used in maemo platform and development environment
– can be used together or separate with other maemo courses
– planned to be 1 day lecture type course

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