[MeeGo-dev] Proposal for a Debian working group denied
dave.joubert at googlemail.com
Wed Apr 7 12:35:49 CDT 2010
On 7 April 2010 11:23, Jeremiah Foster <jeremiah.foster at pelagicore.com> wrote:
> This may turn out to be a Good Thing since we'll not have to please our corporate overlords .....
I think Debian as an organisation should take a long view of Meego and
instead concentrate on the following sub-projects:
1) We should apply our brains to getting Debian to boot and run on as
many pieces of kit as possible.
Take for example the O2 Joggler; it is a reasonably capable machine
(esp at the current pricepoint), but the boot process is 'hidden' and
once it has booted, the machine is restricted. We should apply our
brains to the problem, and make sure that the first outside OS that
boots on it is Debian, rather than Ubuntu, Meego etc etc.
Moreover, Debian should become a clearing house for such efforts, so
that when a new piece of kit comes on the market, Debian is everyone's
first choice and people do not have to start from zero every time.
2) Debian should support and publicise projects like Ofono and any
other projects that deal with mobile communications. If such projects
were available as .deb file, with proper pre-requisites (and testing
programs) everyone would benefit. The primary developers could get on
with the job and hand a lot of the support functions over.
3) Debian should support and publicise a project to get Android apps
running on vanilla Debian.
These three courses of action would fit well with Debian's goal of
being an open system. I would much rather have a system now, that runs
on current hardware (with USB GSM and 3G modems (with voice)) than
wait for 6 months for some vendor to adopt Meego.
If Debian can achieve these goals, then the others (ie the user
interface etc) will follow because Debian can easily deal with RPMs.
We could also salvage all the bits that were abandoned when Meego took
Note the strong emphasis on publicity. Hopefully some of this is
already happening, but the average man in the street (like myself) may
be unaware of this.
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