Re: Meeting Minutes Published - February 1st, 2011

On Wed, Feb 16, 2011 at 2:02 PM, Dave Neary <dneary gnome org> wrote:

Sriram Ramkrishna wrote:
> On Wed, Feb 16, 2011 at 11:52 AM, Gregory Leblanc
>     Any details on this?  Are they leaving for financial reasons, or
>     philosophical ones?  There's still a big banner on their website
>     regarding the partnership with Gnome.  Did they not just join the
>     advisory board back in July?
> LiMo just made some announcement on LiMo4.. is GNOME no longer a
> possible strategy for them ?  Like Gregory I'd be interested in hearing
> why they pulled out and what effect it might have on our embedded device
> strategy?

As the GNOME person quoted, I have a little more info (but the board is
better placed than me).

I think the summary below was quite succinct.  Thank you.

LiMo uses GNOME technology. They continue to support the foundation's
activities on a case-by-case basis, but their executive director did not
consider that the advisory board position was giving the foundation
value for money. We have been informing their advisory board
representatives of the great stuff we have been doing around hackfests,
training programmes, GNOME 3 plans, support for GTK+ on mobile, etc. but
Mr. Gillis was not convinced that the foundation was sufficiently
focussed on mobile to make the $20K a year worth paying. Obviously, I
disagree with him.

By chance is the desktop environment for the Motorola Atrix laptop accessory based on LiMo?  The desktop seems to have a strong resemblance to a GNOME desktop.

I would love to see if we could put some effort into putting an embedded DE for the Atrix secondary DE environment.  If phones are powerful enough to host a secondary desktop environment then we should try to position ourselves in that space.


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