Missing emulators will be back at maemo.org

2010-01-06 15:02 UTC by Valério Valério

As some know, we removed some emulators from maemo.org due to a legal dispute between Nokia and Nintendo. The dispute was not related to the emulators itself, but since the maemo.org infrastructure *is* paid for by Nokia, we decide to remove the emulators to avoid further problems.

This decision was made by Nokia together with the council and the developers involved, but we fail to communicate the decision in the first place to the community, was a very messy situation in a very grey area, and we were all a bit afraid to create more buzz. On behalf of the council I sincerely apologize for this lack of communication.

After some evaluation and discussion we decide to put the emulators back at maemo.org since there's no copyright infringement in the emulators code.

Maemo is intended to be an open platform, and we not intend to do any censorship in the applications available as long they meet the required Q&A, but the maemo.org infrastructure is sponsored by Nokia, we can't risk losing it.

On Behalf of the Maemo Community Council,

Valério Valério

Maemo Community Council Chair



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Stephen Birch
Karma: 67

This frank explanation is a breath of fresh air from a Nokia which is attempting to build a community but refuses to communicate.

Unexplained N900 shipping delays, secret firmware updates, private software release roadmaps are all examples of the bewildering secrecy.

This has created an unpleasant tension which alienates the very developers Nokia hopes will help it win against the formidable iPhone and Android competition.

I love the N900, it is a breath of fresh air which could easily dominate the industry. But only if Nokia learns to embrace the community.

Learn from Ubuntu.

Open up Nokia!

2010-01-07 11:35 UTC
Nick A
Karma: 43

Great news, glad to hear nokia took the time to fully look into the issue and made the right decision.

2010-01-06 20:07 UTC
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