Trolltech/Nokia and QTopia on FR [...]
lpotter at trolltech.com
Wed Jul 30 10:31:57 CEST 2008
Aaron Sowry wrote:
> 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".
Qtopia is 99.8% completely open source. Only some proprietary DRM
components are not available. But who wants DRM anyway?
> know Qt has gradually migrated to open licenses over the course of
It was not really gradual at all. Qt has been GPL'd since Qt 2.2.
> but what is the current licensing status of the Freerunner
> Qtopia release?
> How much is open-source and how much is proprietary?
Qtopia on the Neo is completely GPL.
> 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?)
Lorn 'ljp' Potter
Software Engineer, Systems Group, Trolltech, a Nokia company
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