Back from Maemo Summit 2009
So I am back from Maemo Summit 2009. Great people. Great show. Great talks. Great venue: Enjoyed it quite much to walk arround in the Westerpark, Marc-André loved the petting zoo.
Hotest topic, of course: The N900. Thank you Nokia for lending those devices: Feels so good to finally have one for personal use! Finally got ideas for some private N900 hacking when reflecting responses to Travis' and my talk.
Another hot topic was DRM on Harmattan. Fortunately David Greaves came to similar conclusions like I've reached so far: Maemo Security - Lockdown or Liberation. Could be I'm just a weirdo, but I seriously hope for game developers targeting Maemo: Already called Rover "My next Wii" in jokes for its nice screen and the acceleration sensor.
Well, and then there still was this disappointment about Nokia moving to Qt as their prefered UI toolkit. Actually I wonder why people see this as problem: GTK+ was created without Microsoft or IBM holding our hands, so why does everyone expect Nokia to hold our hands for Maemo? If we really care about this platform, it should be absolutely possible for us to provide a proper GTK+ based toolkit for Maemo 6. Ideally Nokia would publish Layout guides and stuff early, so that we would not have to play catchup too much after device launch. Motivation and specs. More should not be needed. Really.