A role change for Niels (X-Fade) in the maemo.org team

January 6, 2010 at 12:02 | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

I’m happy to inform that Niels (X-Fade) will be taking on a bit more responsibility in the maemo.org team.

After thinking and discussing with people how to improve the paid work done on maemo.org, I came to the conclusion, suggested by several people, that the maemo.org paid contributors (Niels, Dave, Andre, Jeremiah, Carsten and Reggie) need to have a team lead.

The goal of this change is to make the maemo.org team more focused and work more toward shared goals.

As a team lead Niels will have more responsibility over the target setting of the maemo.org team and also implementation of work. This means more communication and talk between the team, which is a good thing.

This change does not affect the roles in maemo.org, the division of work is clear as it is. Also this should not effect the work of the council in setting the direction.

Congratulations to Niels on the new responsibility!



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

Video: Maemo 5 alpha on BeagleBoard

March 31, 2009 at 12:24 | Posted in hardware, sdk | 6 Comments
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Here’s a quick video I put together while learning to use the video cam (you’ll notice that pretty soon) 🙂 This is just a basic demonstration of how the Maemo 5 alpha SDK runs on the BeagleBoard. Sorry about the video quality, I’ll make a better one from the eventual Maemo 5 Beta release.. promise!

Check out the Maemo on BeagleBoard site for more information.



Maemo 5 alpha on BeagleBoard

March 13, 2009 at 19:11 | Posted in hardware, sdk | 9 Comments
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After the release of the Maemo 5 alpha SDK, I’ve been working between my other duties on getting it running on the BeagleBoard. The Maemo on BeagleBoard project site has today been updated to include instructions for anyone to do the same.

BeagleBoard running the Maemo 5 alpha Application manager

BeagleBoard running the Maemo 5 alpha Application manager

The alpha SDK has released some content in the form of closed binaries. You are required to accept an EULA to gain access to the closed content and that means a ready-made rootfilesystem cannot be offered as a part of this project.

Instead a full set of instructions on how to build your own rootfilesystem using the Scratchbox1 based SDK is provided. The kernel image and modules are available for download and the kernel build process is documented. I’m not entirely happy with not providing a ready-made rootfs, but the closed binaries prohibit me from doing so. I hope you can understand this.

The provided kernel is buildable from the Maemo 5 alpha kernel sources (2.6.28) plus a sizeable patch which reimplements the display subsystem for BeagleBoard. The dss2 patches originate from the Ångström distribution‘s efforts available in the OpenEmbedded git, but within this project they are provided as one file.

The project’s default kernel configuration includes modules for USB HID, USB ethernet devices and USB mass storage devices. This means that you can use a mouse,  a keyboard, a USB-Ethernet plug or even a USB hard disk with your Maemo powered BeagleBoard — if you also have a powered USB hub, that is.

I was able to install packages from the Fremantle extras-devel repository directly to the BeagleBoard using apt-get. Someone had already uploaded a fun puzzle game Hex-a-Hop and it runs perfectly on this setup 🙂



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