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Microsoft-Nokia: A blow to Linux and the open-source community

February 12, 2011 4 comments

In the new world order, MeeGo is no longer a priority for Nokia. This is a big setback for MeeGo and therefore GNU/Linux.

Nokia’s contribution to Linux and open-source started with Maemo and continued with a bigger extent into MeeGo. From what I understand, the amount of source-code opened was significant. Numerous GNU/Linux projects and open-source software companies benefited from its investment.

Relegated now to a mere R&D ‘project’ within the walls of Nokia, the future of MeeGo seems bleak. The momentum behind MeeGo will undoubtedly slow down if not die altogether. Its going to be a wait and see situation.

MeeGo is one of the most significant developments in the Linux world which has the best chance of revolutionising the mobile industry.

Of course, some would say that the MeeGo source is open to the developers but MeeGo as it is today is not production ready. A strong corporate sponsor is what it needed to change the world. Things would have been different if the deal was announced after MeeGo had some production-devices to show for.

Intel however is still optimistic. Lets hope it stays that way and MeeGo does not have to watch any more industry supporters jumping ship.

Its unfortunate to see Nokia’s priority make a complete paradigm shift from the openness of MeeGo to a closed and who-knows-what situation with Microsoft.

In its gambling bid to take over the American market, Nokia stands to lose in this deal. But the biggest loser is Linux in the mobile/handset world. It is safe to say that the market for a free and open platform that empowered cross-platform development has drastically shrunk and been taken over by a closed, proprietary, and singular world of Windows.

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Babyphone – a wonderful baby-monitoring app

February 10, 2011 9 comments

Since my new son had started sleeping in a different room in his crib a few weeks ago, Babyphone has been an indispensible tool to keep an ear on the baby during the night when he wakes up.

After tweaking the Babyphone settings to the desired sensitivity the first time, putting the N900 next to the crib has become routine. I just make sure the battery is at least 60% and launch the app. When my son wakes up, Babyphone faithfully calls my other phone sitting right next to my bed.

Big thanks to the dev and the collective maemo.org community for this free and awesome app.

Project page: http://babyphone.garage.maemo.org/

created using MaStory on the N900

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