I have been using the N810 for a week now. It’s plain awesome – its decently fast and most importantly things just work. The feel of the device is so good compared to my pricy 6110 S60 crap. I am really hoping Nokia will release a maemo based image for 6110 someday.
My previous experience with Nokia (device) development was with S60/Symbian which was just plain depressing. The Carbide would keep crapping out at the most inappropriate moments, the final product behaves differently than the simulator, the… Ah, I should stop here, I love bitching about S60 and Symbian. And I can do it forever
So with some trepidation, yesterday I decided to get my N810 setup for development. It was so simple that I was sure I was missing something. Qt Hello World was up and running in short time. I wrote a small tutorial on how to get Qt installed on maemo.
Immediate thoughts: Maemo looks like a very hacker friendly platform. A big thing for me is that compared to the S60, I actually want to write apps for the N810.
Next Stop – Getting KOffice running.
BESCOM willing, I hope to finish the slides for my talk by tomorrow night.
Standard excuse – I have no time. I am looking for maintainer(s) for KDocker. Unlike it’s name suggests, it’s not a KDE application, it’s plain Qt 3.
Over the years (literally), I have just ignored bugs, feature requests, patches from many (~100) people. Today, I got a mail from Peter Toushkov with updated bulgarian translations. IIRC, there are two new language translations archived somewhere in my gmail account. I feel very bad about all the effort put in by these people go waste. I should have written this maybe a year back, but better late than never.
Why would you want to work on it?
- You get to learn a lot of Qt and X11 . In fact, this knowledge is what helped me write QSystemTrayIcon at TT . Some of the code in there is quite hard to get right on all WM.
- Actually, there is no maintanence work. The first task would probably be to rewrite everything in Qt4 using QSystemTrayIcon and still call the new code kdocker.
- Many people have mailed me with lots of innovative ideas which would be nice to implement.
Contact me, if you are interested.