At the risk of being flamed : State of software

Lorn Potter lpotter at
Fri Aug 24 21:18:08 CEST 2007

off list.

Just between you and me... there will be some great announcements in the 
next few weeks.

wim delvaux wrote:
> HI all,
> Champion of open source and user of familiar on Ipaq when time was new, i 
> wonder if it was such a good idea to rewrite from scratch an entire GUI 
> system.
> Knowing that the device is now about 6 months late and looking at the overall 
> stability and completeness of the GUI (List of issues is still long perhaps 
> too long ?) I wonder if it would not have been a better solution to put 
> things like QTopia on the phone. I mean, how long will it still take to get 
> things to this level 
> ( ?

about one week.

> Perhaps with a different style or something but at least QTopia has been 
> around for quite a few years, sporting a nice portfolio of apps, having a 
> nice ,portable and powerfull GUI library.
> I know that the software is not fully GPL and FREE but what REALLY is Fully 
> free ? AFAIK you can mess around with qtopia ad lib (hey, look at opie's 
> fork), sources are available, support is great (KDE ...) and for FIC's sake, 
> they can focus there entire resource of a great phone.
> For me, the free community does not need (really) a new GUI library.  It needs 
> a good phone ! Our interest lies in having a nicely featured device available 
> so that we hackers can release our creativity and write apps that users like 
> and not - yet again - re-invent the wheel to start all over again.  And for 
> what ? For a theme ? For true GPL ? ...
> So what about porting QTopia to the NEO as backup scenario ? I.e. how much 
> more delays can we afford ?

Lorn 'ljp' Potter
Software Engineer, Systems Group, MES, Trolltech

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