8 community projects supported by Nokia as Fremantle Stars

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2009-01-29 10:03 UTC by Quim Gil

The Maemo Software team at Nokia will help 8 community projects to be ready for prime time by the Maemo 5 final release:

The support offered depends on the needs of each project and will include early access to hardware, help on concepting and UI, promotion in the Maemo and Nokia marketing channels and a modest budget to sponsor trips or specific tasks done by the team members. This support is offered as an additional help and comes with no software requirements or any kind of intervention in the development of these projects.

The selection process started with a question to the Maemo community about their candidates for Fremantle Stars. The selected projects make an interesting use of the platform and they will be showcased as good complements to the Nokia offering and the commercial software being developed for Maemo 5. We encourage Maemo developers and enthusiasts in contributing to the success of these projects!

PS: Not selected? There are more plans to support developers before the Maemo 5 final release. Keep following the Fremantle whistle.

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Quim Gil
Karma: 2662

There is no perfect list that would make happy everybody. We don't pretend to com up with the perfect list, or not even with a list of "best" projects. We didn't even say that is the final list, other projects might join on a later stage.

Some reasons that come to mind to prioritize our support on the projects selected over the ones mentioned here:

  • We are investing a lot to have a media player, a maps application and an IM client. We are interested in projects building around them. It is cool to see good projects challenging them but funding the official application and the alternatives is a bit redundant.

  • Some projects are well consolidated in the Maemo community and they did very well without our direct support. We count on them in Fremantle, of course and we will be at least as nice with them and we have been before. But we better put our extra attention on projects that would really benefit from an extra push.

  • Some areas get a lot of R&D from Nokia and even if nowadays there are not related Maemo applications the teams/companies working on them could work on porting them. For instance, there is even a subdomain http://mobilecodes.nokia.com/ and it makes sense that we focus on areas where e.g. the S60 branch is not so strong.

2009-01-29 19:47 UTC
David Martel
Karma: 142

Theres a few there like that I wouldn't have thought needed help, and its a shame the maemo-barcode project hasn't been picked as it could have really benefited.

2009-01-29 16:44 UTC
Oskar Welzl
Karma: 928

I assume the selection would make more sense to me if I knew what other applications come pre-installed or might be commercially available, but still...

2009-01-29 15:48 UTC
Marat Fayzullin
Karma: 1594

Why no Maemo Mapper on this list? Also, MPlayer and Pidgin seem to be good candidates.

2009-01-29 10:58 UTC
L D
Karma: 20

No Mplayer, no Fremantale ;)

2009-01-29 10:24 UTC

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