An interesting question was asked on a MeeGo mailing list recently: What does it mean to be a maintainer of something? How much time does it take to maintain software? It resulted in a short discussion which went down a few back alleys, and I think has some useful general information for people working with [...]
Dave Neary recently wrote a guest article for VisionMobile, charting the first months of the MeeGo project. From MeeGo Progress Report: A+ or D-? The end of October saw the release of MeeGo 1.1, the second major milestone release of the platform since it burst onto the scenes in February 2010. The MeeGo project was [...]
Mal Minhas of the LiMo Foundation announced and presented a white paper at OSiM World called “Mobile Open Source Economic Analysis” (PDF link). Mal argues that by forking off a version of a free software component to adjust it to your needs, run intensive QA, and ship it in a device (a process which can [...]
My previous post on free software business models got some really great feedback, but I think that I was arguing against a straw man that I’ve built up myself. That straw man is the “pure open source start-up”Â – and I’m not the only person tilting at this particular windmill. The false assumption here is [...]
This is an article accompanying the presentation given by Dave Neary to MAPOS 08 in London on December 9th 2008. Moving the Mobile industry from purchasing to co-development in free software communities Recently, Matt Aslett wrote an article about the way that attitudes to free software evolve over time within a company, using a graphic [...]
From maemo news: Dave Neary is reading all kinds of maemo content as we speak: developer documentation, mailing list archives, web pages at maemo.org… He has a good reason for that: Nokia is funding some of his time to work as the content guy for the maemo community. Just like Niels Breet, he is being [...]
The GNOME Mobile Summit being held as part of the Linux Foundation Collaboration Summit in Austin next month represents a forum where industry and community have merged into one, and have been collaborating effectively on adabting the GNOME platform to the needs of mobile computing.