Archive for the ‘opensource’ Tag

MontaVista and BitBake

From LinuxDevices.com article I noticed that MontaVista is using BitBake as a build tool in next release. It’s the same tool used by OpenEmbedded. We selected it (through using Poky) over a year ago for our project as it was the best tool for the job and a pleasure to work with. It seems likely that it still is the best.

This a step forward to getting BitBake accepted as a de facto standard for building embedded Linux images.

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Ubiquity

I have only two computers that I use and already I miss the features Benjamin Otte describes in his recent blog post. Fortunately there is some work being done for this already! I noticed that Conduit has GConf module. I haven’t tried it so I don’t know how well it works but it’s a set to the right direction. For applications I’m not aware of any solutions, but for regular files there already some services available  like Dropbox and Ubuntu One. Wouldn’t it just be a matter of bringing these all together under easy configuration system and automatic background synchronization?

I would like see GNOME go to that direction as it shouldn’t interfere with single computer use model GNOME has today. You could just decide to use it if you want.

oFono and freesmartphone.org

I just noticed the announcement of oFono, a mobile telephony infrastructure project sponsored by Intel and Nokia. It looks like a direct competion for freesmartphone.org. Like Harald Welte and probably many others, I’m wondering why this new initiative instead participation to an existing project like freesmartphone.org? I think FSO has been open for feedback (at least when I briefly worked with the project sometime ago) so they could have influenced what was done there. Or was that not the case? Or was there a completely different philosophy?

Anyway, I guess I’ll have to take a look at the code 🙂

OSiM World 2008, Berlin

I had the pleasure of visiting OSiM World in Berlin and it was a really nice experience. Although I have to say that few of the talks I listened where actually interesting, it was nice to how some of the players in the field saw the situation. It seems that some are pushing their own solutions without engaging open source communities while some are working with the community. I think I can guess which approach will work better in  the long run.

So, the theme of the event seemed to be fragmentation. Problem was that I don’t remember anybody defining what they meant. For example, LiMo foundations platform does not seem to include UI framework, which indicates that there will be lots of fragmentation in UI frameworks, right? Now add in the operators and other application developers. From the point of view of application development all LiMo compliant phones might need their own UI code for each manufacturer. Sounds just the fragmentation that especially operators would like to avoid.

On Wednesday evening I participated in the pub quiz. I signed to Dave Neary’s team, but I had some trouble finding them in the crowded pub. Eventually I found them and had a great time. Big thanks to everyone!

Few weeks with git

I have heard about git and I have tried it briefly before. Now that I have actually used it for a few weeks it feels really good (I have only once messed by branch and that was my own fault). No wonder everybody is using it these days 🙂

gsmd2 and freesmartphone.org

Together with my colleague, Vesa Pikki, at Ixonos, we have been working gsmd2, that targets freesmartphone.org [1] Open Telephony API. Gsmd2 is very young and it has long way to go before it can be used in real life, but brave developers and testers are welcome to help out with it! Maybe we can get it included in OpenMoko distribution one day 😉

[1]: Freesmartphone.org is collaboration project for Linux based smartphone technology started by Michael ‘Mickey’ Lauer.