As Linux is increasingly adopted on mobile and embedded platforms, numerous rich application frameworks have emerged. Many are heavily proprietary frame-buffer based, but increasingly, free software-based frameworks are emerging as heavyweights in the domain.
Technologies which have grown from the GNOME project, such as GTK+, Clutter, and D-Bus, are at the heart of many of these free software based frameworks. Through the GNOME Mobile initiative, we encourage collaboration on common desktop components which are used in the embedded and mobile space, and ensure that the needs of embedded developers are central to the design of these components.
We will present the genesis of the initiative, an overview of the distributions and devices which ship with these GNOME technologies at their core, and will highlight some of our priorities for the project in the near future.
Dave Neary is the founder of Neary Consulting, specialising in managing community relations and free software strategy.
As a member of the GNOME community, he is one of the co-ordinating team behind GNOME Mobile. He has been involved in all aspects the organisation of GUADEC since 2005, including a spell as conference chair. He has served three terms as a member of the board of directors of the GNOME Foundation (2005 – 07), and was chairman of the board in 2006, and treasurer in 2007.
Dave worked for the French company Wengo as community development manager with the OpenWengo project (now called QuteCom), where he organised initiatives such as the OpenWengo developers summit and the Free and Open source Telephony Summit.
Dave was a developer and release manager of the GIMP from 1999 until 2006. He founded the Libre Graphics Meeting, a conference which brings together developers and users of free software graphics software ranging from infrastructure like LittleCMS and cairo to applications including the GIMP, Inkscape, Blender and Scribus.
Paul Cooper has worked as a developer and advocate for open source software for over 10 years. Currently he is working for Intel on Moblin, a open source project focused on building a Linux-based platform optimized for the next generation of mobile devices.
Prior to their acqusition by Intel, Paul was the Business Development Manager at OpenedHand, specialists at building amazing devices with open source software. Before joining OpenedHand Paul was the Assistant Director of OpenAdvantage which he and former colleague Scott Thompson founded in 2003 at the University of Central England (now Birmingham City University). OpenAdvantage was the first and only independently-funded vendor-neutral Open Source solutions centre in the UK. Previously he has worked as a web developer, programmer, database administrator, systems adminstrator, IT gofer, administration assistant, bouncer, box maker, sports coach, bicycle mechanic, musician, and paper boy.
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