Nokia Qt 4.6 to replace Community Qt 4.5 in PR1.2
Nokia will be launching official Qt 4.6 support for Maemo 5 with the PR1.2 release. Nokia intends to deploy the currently in Beta Qt 4.6 to all devices via software update — most probably already with the next major update PR1.2. This may signal an accelerated timeline for pushing Qt support in Maemo 5, which will give a clearer migration path for existing applications to Maemo 6 and allow developers to start preparing for the transition to Harmattan.
Given that the largest criticism for the transition to Qt as the mainstream supported toolkit came from the lack of a developer migration path, this goes a long way in continuing the moves made at the summit to ease that transition. Combined with tools like Qt Creator and MADDE, cross-platform development and deployment with rich tooling support is finally becoming a reality for Maemo.
Council election timeline
Dave Neary has posted the timeline for the March 2010 Maemo Community Council election, with 2nd March being the deadline for electorate karma, and 23rd March marking the opening of voting. Since we're announcing the election dates now, anyone who does not yet have 10 karma, or hasn't let linked their maemo.org and talk.maemo.org accounts, now has a few weeks to do so before the election process starts. Users interested in voting should be sure their Talk and maemo.org accounts are linked before 2nd March - indeed, given it can take 26 hours for a full karma recount, the sooner the better.
The Community Council are the primary interface between the Maemo community and Nokia but, beyond that, they're also responsible for facilitation within the community; making sure that a random developer on IRC is connected with someone on talk.maemo.org or the mailing lists.