Trolltech/Nokia and QTopia on FR [...]
aaron at aeneby.com
Wed Jul 30 08:05:51 CEST 2008
Knut Yrvin wrote:
> Hi Yaroslav and all the good contributors to Freerunner,
> I got a short answer on your second question :)
> On Tuesday 29. July 2008, Yaroslav Halchenko wrote:
>> another question (sorry if I missed answer in some of the threads) -- I
>> wonder if you are the only person dedicated by Trolltech (or Nokia) to
>> work on qtopia for openmoko?
> Holger Freyther was working on supporting Qtopia on OpenEmbedded paid by
> Trolltech for almost half a year, also benefiting the Freerunner effort.
> He is now contributing through OpenMoko, and I think he's doing a good
> job. We will increase our effort supporting free software. That will be
> expressed in actions instead of words.
> I'm planning to invite some of the heavy contributors using Qt in
> Freerunner to a round table session in Brisbane Australia. There are
> several things on the agenda, but it boils down to what Trolltech can
> improve. The only reason I as a community manger has not been faster, is
> all the work with the Nokia acquisition planning. When you include my
> usual travelling to free software events, there has been no time left to
> cover more bases.
>> It is just interesting ;-) also it would
>> be great if you could summarize in few words (if you feel like it) what
>> are the future directions you and your team are going to accomplish for
>> qtopia on FR? would be there a 'long term support' of any kind for
>> qtopia on FR?
> Trolltech will further develop, improve and enhance Qtopia. When it comes
> to Freerunner, they are in charge for their plans and actions regarding
> software development. Of course there are cooperation with Trolltech
> engineering, community and some marketing activeties. And we are working
> on improvements there too.
> Personally I'm a fan of the Freerunner effort. When I got the opportunity,
> I've sponsored travels and accommodations for persons who present what
> can be done with Freerunner and Open Source on phones. Ole Tange was one
> of the speakers at Open Nordic Mobile in June. He did a really good
> presentation of the Freerunner project and opportunities with free
> software on phones.
> 1. http://conference.ez.no/eng/Open-Nordic-Conference-2008/Program
> We have shown the prover of Qtopia with Neo 1973 since Open Source in
> Mobile September 2007. We also got a demo called Qt Everywhere with a
> touch screen program launcher using PictureFlow. We are running that
> on Neo at all our trade shows and some of the free software events:
> 2. http://qt-apps.org/content/show.php/PictureFlow?content=75348
> Several people are working on the program for Mobile Developer Days 2008
> (MDD) in Berlin 10-14 September (the conference will be from Sept 10-12,
> the weekend Sept 12-14 will be a code camp). Last year a couple of
> OpenEmbedded/Freerunner developers participated at MDD in Denmark. We
> hope that more can join this year in Berlin. I know more people will join
> from Nokia this year.
> This was maybe not a short answer, but it shows that we are committed and
> really pleased with the progress of Freerunner and the use of Qtopia. The
> question now is when and how to organise our round table trip to
> Australia :)
> Best regards
> Knut Yrvin
I very much appreciate the work Trolltech/Nokia have put in to the
Qtopia release and the support which they have shown for the Freerunner
project and open-source mobile in general - thank you, I always enjoy
reading your posts on the mailing lists.
I have a couple of questions - I read somewhere on the Openmoko wiki
that (to paraphrase) "enough of the Qtopia release is open-source that
you can run it on the Freerunner without the proprietary components". I
know Qt has gradually migrated to open licenses over the course of
history, but what is the current licensing status of the Freerunner
Qtopia release? How much is open-source and how much is proprietary? And
if I can finish with a horribly vague question, how much of the
open-source component of Qtopia is contributed back to the Openmoko
project in a usable fashion (i.e. do the open-source components rely on
a proprietary component [or Qtopia-specific feature such as writing
directly to framebuffer] to work and therefore are only open-source in
the context of Qtopia development, or are they totally portable to
ASU/FSO with little or no modification?)
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