Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 12th Apr 2013 22:14 UTC
PDAs, Cellphones, Wireless As I'm working on a long and detailed article about Psion and Symbian (similar in setup to the Palm article), I need to dive into a number of devices that I have never personally owned. One of the devices that was atop my list was what I think is the ultimate Symbian device: the Nokia E7 - the last of the long line of Communicators, released in early 2011. While more detailed information about it will find its way into the Psion/Symbian article, I figured it'd be interesting to give a few first impressions.
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RE[5]: Comment by cdude
by henderson101 on Mon 15th Apr 2013 15:14 UTC in reply to "RE[4]: Comment by cdude"
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Agree to the extent that the GTK+ API changed enough between the 770, 800, and 900 releases to require porting apps, resulting in an actual shrinking repository going forward. Frustrating and unnecessary from both developer and user perspectives.

Exactly. They lost a significant amount of developers at each revision... for no particularly good reason. The API/ABI was never very stable between any major release.

But my sense from the mailing lists was that the move to Qt had significant acceptance in the developer community, since it was a far superior API and promised the stability that Maemo's API had lacked.

I think that was possibly the minority of developers still invested in the system. They lost a heck of a lot of us with the N810/N900 transition when they dropped support for the N810. This was for the same unexplainable reasons. We realise now, it was part of the Nokia culture, but at the time it just seemed suicidal.

If so, then the move to WP 7 just exacerbated the pain - a totally new kernel and toolset, then another huge disconnect getting to WP 8 with yet another new kernel and API changes and abandoned devices. Out of the frying pan, into the fire.

Except, the tools weren't tied to Linux, which was always a sticking point for previous incarnations of Maemo. I skipped Qt, but I assume they still had a convoluted build system, having looked at how Sailfish works.

....rather than Mr. Elop's approach of effectively killing Symbian and the highly regarded Qt almost a year before the first of the new phones could ship. He who didn't know or care about the history of Osborne has now repeated it. *sigh*

I think he saved an awful lot of money doing that though. In that time, they weren't burning through capital trying to support dead platforms. At least that much made a little sense. The timing, I agree, was bad.

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