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a blog by Marius Gedminas

Marius is a Python hacker. He works for Programmers of Vilnius, a small Python/Zope 3 startup. He has a personal home page at http://gedmin.as. His email is marius@gedmin.as. He does not like spam, but is not afraid of it.

Sat, 20 Sep 2008

Maemo Summit 2008

Nokia kindly sponsored my trip to Maemo Summit in Berlin.

Unexpectedly was asked to give my LinuxTag presentation during the lightning talks. It did not go very well. Note to self: advance preparation helps, at least if you know you're going to present something.

Met PyPy folks (Maciej and Holger). Had a mutual "what on Earth are you doing here?" reaction. Learned a new quirk in the Python language (try: ... finally: does not set sys.exc_info()).

Impressed by one guy (sorry, but I'm really bad with names) giving a presentation from the N810, with OpenOffice.org Impress in a Debian chroot, over a SIS USB2VGA dongle. Apparently he created the whole setup in half an hour before the actual talk.

No free wireless at the hotel. Paid wifi options include 25 EUR for 24 hours or 30 EUR for 30 days. Can I have just the 29 days for the 5 EUR? No.

The WiFi at c-base was fast and almost flawless. Missed half of the talks while checking my email and blogs. I'm addicted to the Internet. :(

Still able to get up before 6 AM. The US trip has done wonders with my daily schedule.

posted at 10:33 | tags: | permanent link to this entry | 9 comments
Congrats with the new toy! Nice gesture from Nokia.

Compensating lack of attention by starting IRC -- I've no idea how it can possibly work.
posted by Albertas Agejevas at Mon Oct 12 01:41:19 2009
IRC reporting was really appreciated, thanks :)
posted by Corsac at Mon Oct 12 09:01:45 2009
AFAIK, N900 comes with offline maps for the area that you buy the device (e.g. Scandinavia). With that pre-production device, you were not so lucky.
posted by Mox at Mon Oct 12 09:26:56 2009
Interesting. Have you already tried running Python on the device? Is it installed by default?
posted by Pekka Klärck at Mon Oct 12 10:49:38 2009
Because you mentioned incomplete/buggy Bluetooth support: If you want, please vote for the bug about adding Bluetooth file send support to the file manager:


posted by thp at Mon Oct 12 11:51:41 2009
Pekka: python 2.5.2 is installed on mine, not sure if it was there out of the box or if some app pulled it in as a dependency.

I've heard at the summit that Python is a very popular choice for Maemo apps.
posted by Marius Gedminas at Tue Oct 13 08:51:59 2009
Nice summary.  Was nice to see marius at summit as well - always a bright face with a buddha smile.
posted by Arnim Sauerbier at Thu Oct 22 06:40:33 2009
Some blogs mention announcement of soon to be released graphics drivers for N800 and N810 during this summit. Maybe you have heared anything about this and when/where/what company would do it?
posted by Ričardas Barkauskas at Wed Oct 28 19:29:34 2009
Yes, I think it was mentioned during the Mer presentation: TI announced a semi-free 3D driver (free kernel component, closed userspace library) to be released "in a couple of weeks".
posted by Marius Gedminas at Wed Oct 28 19:36:11 2009

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