Weekly Engineering News 38/2008

Wolfgang Spraul wolfgang at openmoko.com
Sat Sep 20 07:21:29 CEST 2008

OK great. I didn't know about this beforehand, but appreciate the  
help. Thanks Marek!
Marek and I will take turns, or find some other way to publish some  
sort of 'weekly engineering news' each week, ideally on the weekend.
Hope it's helpful, Best Regards,

On Sep 20, 2008, at 12:02 PM, Marek Lindner wrote:

> Hi,
> as Wolfgang is out of town I jump in and try to summarize what  
> happened last
> week. Hope you don't mind.  ;-)
> Bug fixing, bug fixing, bug fixing:
> Last week our PM plus his Q&A team pushed even harder to get things  
> fixed.
> 2008.9 was on the way and needed some more love here and there.  
> Finally, it
> was released yesterday night (Taipeh time). The last days/hours were  
> spent
> collecting all bits and bytes of information to properly document the
> changes / improvements / known issues. Everything was made public on  
> our
> wiki. That is the kind of work nobody wants to do but everybody  
> wants to
> have. :-)
> Decentralizing the package maintenance:
> We noticed more and more hints / patches come in from the community.  
> Sometimes
> we don't respond within a short time frame - we know that.  
> Developing a phone
> is a huge task. We simply are too few people to handle all this  
> input. Be
> patient with us. To improve the situation we were disucssing a more
> decentralized package maintenance approach. Openmoko would give  
> write access
> to its own OE tree to community people which maintain packages /  
> bumb up
> revisions / include patches. Openmoko would centrally build &  
> distribute it.
> That way Openmoko would give away some of its control but would gain  
> speed in
> the development process. You would be able to bring in new packages  
> and
> extend the platform as you wish. One day if your package does not  
> build the
> build system goes on with the next package. Our admin team is trying  
> to find
> a way to protect us from vandalism (see:
> https://admin-trac.openmoko.org/trac/ticket/1554) and we have to  
> think about
> how that could look like in detail. What do you think ?
> Hiring, hiring, hiring:
> Also, we are looking at many candidates to hire experienced  
> engineers / people
> in nearly all fields. We spoke to several mechanical and layout  
> engineers, IT
> and Q&A people, software developers. We have many open positions but  
> its not
> easy to find the right mix of attitude, cultural background and  
> expertise
> towards Open Source. We keep on searching and let you know once new  
> people
> join us.
> Marek
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