We are aware there has been lot of talks thru blogs and tweets outside about the contest. we would like to clarify a few things. We apologize for the delay in delivering the device but,we have put our best efforts in procuring them.In fact, we have placed the contestants above our own team members who are yet to receive their devices from past six months. Since we honour our commitment to the contest. We agree there was some delay with our communication with contestants on a one on one basis but, we had made an announcement about it and had even sent out a mail to the winner that there would be a possible delay.As for allegation that we did a "close source contest" in a open source event it is untrue . We did clarify in our blog that the code needn't be written beginning from scratch. It'd have been a hard rule, had the contestants been told that they cannot port existing apps. The announcement about the contest was made on the first day of FOSS.in and not everybody would come out with writing an app within 5 days of FOSS. The idea was to help everybody understand the easiness in writing/porting apps onto our Maemo platform and the fun involved in it may it be a Qt app or a GTK+ app. We have neither reused the code or used the application for commercial purposes. we have requested all the contestants to provide their code at a common place or upload it somewhere which link we could direct to the blog. We believe that they are matured individuals who believe in contributing to a community voluntarily and are self motivated. Our motive of the contest was to get more people to have a feel of our platform and have as many as winners as possible. We haven't reused used these applications for any purpose of ours. Infact we have not even achieved much of contribution to the device since they haven't been even put to the Maemo community garage inspite of our requests. Lastly, hopefully all the winner do like our device and appreciate Maemo Bangalores efforts to prioritize N900 devices handout to them. We do hope that we continue this relationship forward. Maemo,Bangalore
We received around 10 entries. All of them were exceptionally good. we cant have all winners though .so here are the winners
1.Gajim port by Thobias Mueller
2. Lite Speed by Abhijit Bera
4. Cilantro by Girish Ramakrishnan
All the winners will be shipped N900 devices soon. winners pls mail your postal address to maemo(dash)bangalore(at)nokia(dot)com
we encountered a lot of people asking us about installing the development environment on fedora.
here is a link explaining how to go about installing the development environment here
after installing the scratchbox the steps to be followed are similar to those in any debian distro for activating the target or compiling code .
in case of any other doubts pls post them here ..
pictures speak it all the first day at foss.in was a very good one. The response to n900 was amazing.
Especially with the contest announced we had a good interaction with developers interested in contributing to maemo.
A lot of interesting applications seemingly will be getting ported to maemo5. We got to kick start some atleast .
We also had a great demand for sale of N900😛 ..need to see if it will be sold in india sooner
you could gain some more insight by having a look at this talk
Hildon UI Guides from Forum Nokia
here is a example theme
– submit ur themes in pdf format to maemo-bangalore(at)nokia(dot)com
At present maemo5 provides support for porting of gtk ,Qt and python apps.
here are a few links to help porting
The hacker could port any application of their choice to maemo.
Acceptance Criteria for foss contest :
- the participant should provide us the complete buildable code(buildable in scratchbox ) mailed to the given email id
- It should also include a Read me file with details of the application and any steps to build on scratchbox.
Happy Hacking !!!
maemo is inviting hackers to contribute.
In Terms of :
- porting applications
- solving a few critical bugs
- designing a new theme
- or even writing an innovative application
Getting starting with maemo 5 :
- setting up the development environment
- small tutorial to writing an app
- Have at look at the architecture
Steps to Contribute:
1. choose your area to contribute
2.Register at FOSS.in and attend FOSS.in hack session (optional ).
3.Send us ur final contributions to maemo-bangalore(at)nokia(dot)com.
Note : the prizes will be given out at foss.in or will be shipped anywhere in india
1st Dec to 5 Dec
hack sessions on the first two days
regular tutorials and activities at the stall
talks on the 4th day
One of the first things the n900 impresses its user is with the accelerometer.
one the best know is the bounce game on n900 . I found this another example combining accelerometer and gestures very impressive.
some links that can get u started with accelerometer