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Should Nokia Release 100% of the Source Code for Maemo 5/n900?

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#1
As Nokia focuses more and more attention on Meego/Harmattan, it appears that the majority of the responsibility of supporting the existing platform of Maemo 5/Fremantle will fall on the community. However, with some components (such as the phone stack) being closed, it is impossible to develop some solutions without Nokia's assistance. Therefore, I am would like to request from Nokia that we receive ALL source code for Maemo 5 and/or the n900 in order to more effectively support the n900.

We need a system in place that allows us to resolve bugs in real time (similar to the app approval process) and releasing all source code for Maemo 5 and the n900 is the first step towards this becoming a reality. Waiting months for massive firmware updates is not how open source should work!

Disclaimer: I am not a developer, so if anything I have said above doesn't make sense please don't bash me too hard I do, however, try to do my part in helping with testing.
 

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At the end of the day, Nokia is still a business and I doubt they'd want a closed source competitor snatch up some proprietary code in the name of being open source.

Even if there's an NDA, look at the Ovi Suite Beta thing. Some people just don't know when to STFU.

Maybe sharing some closed code with some trusted developers like they are doing on the MeeGo project.
 

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Ha, good luck with that. The closed components of Diablo are staying closed. I'll suck my own dick if we ever see the closed Diablo components.
 

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The existence of Mer indicates that Nokia could be willing to do it.
 
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It may be a long shot, but it doesn't hurt to try. Please either indicate your support here or refrain from replying so we can keep this thread clean.
 
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The major closed components are the ones that control access to the hardware (e.g. battery management, phone/modem hardware).

I know the developers over at MeeGo are working on some solutions to reduce/remove closed components. If it ever becomes a reality then the code can hopefully be shared.

As far as I know the opengl drivers are written by a third-party and may never be open-sourced.

I'll suck my own dick if we ever see the closed Diablo components
What more can you ask for? open source components and free porn!
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well, some of it is probably not up to nokia to open at all. nokia likely has license agreements with ti and other chip manufacturers for that stuffthat they cant just violate.

it is not going to happen, doesnt matter if you have a million signatures on a petition, give up now
 
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Originally Posted by qwerty12 View Post
Ha, good luck with that. The closed components of Diablo are staying closed. I'll suck my own dick if we ever see the closed Diablo components.
if you are capable of this, why would you wait for opening diablo stuff to do it. talk about self control, wow
 

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Originally Posted by quipper8 View Post
if you are capable of this, why would you wait for opening diablo stuff to do it. talk about self control, wow
Maybe he's just showing off!
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Any chance of honouring the OP's request to keep this to affirmative petition responses and not chatter on the subject?

I would like Nokia to make this code open.
 

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