Wednesday, 3 August 2011

MeeGo and the hacker community

We know that : "The MeeGo project provides a Linux-based, open source software platform for the next generation of computing devices." (https://meego.com/about)

So from that I suggest our target customers are pretty obvious: Device manufacturers. Not individual OSS community hackers.

I suggest that we hackers (I consider myself a community hacker as well as a paid MeeGo contributor) should approach MeeGo by recognising that:

MeeGo is not aimed at us -- Sorry but it's not.

Think about it - we don't want it to be aimed at us. We want devices running MeeGo that we can hack. So lets help make it super-attractive to device vendors; then we get to buy their hardware and do what we do best ... hack on it!

Having another Debian/openSuSE/Fedora isn't going to help - if device vendors wanted this then they already exist. MeeGo *has* to be different.

But this doesn't stop us from building cool stuff using MeeGo. Nothing is stopping us from contributing back.

However, by letting MeeGo Core focus on delivering to device vendors we in the hacker community can set up projects like the N900 CE where we have *much* more freedom to construct a real distro. MeeGo Core by itself is not much fun - CE is where the cool stuff happens ;)

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