Qt Ambassador Program launches
The Qt Ambassador Program is a membership-only program that honors Qt development projects. All developers around the world who create products and projects with Qt are eligible to apply. Membership to the Qt Ambassador Program is free and based on your outstanding and innovative Qt project. Although still in "beta", this programme is part of Nokia's push to build a mobile Qt development community, which will support both of its strategic platforms: Symbian and MeeGo. As Maemo shares its Qt version with MeeGo, applications for MeeGo should be relatively easily portable to Maemo 5 - in some circumstances, automatically by the auto-build system, OBS.
Usefulness of Maemo Community Council questioned, and definitively answered
Talk user "silvermountain" opened a poll to push his agenda "against" maemo.org and the Community Council, questioning "Would you miss the Council if they were gone?" When the thread was closed (after tens of posts on the subject), just over a quarter of votes answered in the negative; with the rest being positive or neutral. Many of the initial posts were from new users of talk.maemo.org, who - with no further participation or interaction in the community - thought the Council useless. But many heavy hitters, weighed in, including Quim Gil: Yes, a lot. It has been already said, but the basic point you need to understand is that the Maemo Community Council addresses primarily community topics, and we at Nokia collaborate with this team mainly on community topics.
[MeeGo] N900 support, Flash, Ovi Maps, etc are consumer topics. Even if maemo.org wouldn't exist at all Nokia would have a fair idea about the opinion customers (users and developers, current and potential), media (social and traditional) and shareholders (for that matter) would have about them. These consumer topics usually are tied to significant project investments and strategic decisions that go way above the Maemo Community, its Council and the Nokia guys interacting here with you.
Many people seemed to think that the council had some form of influence over commercial, rather than community issues. This expectation mis-match could explain some of the negativity, and many Council members weighed in to try and correct understandings of what the council does, and has done - to positive effect - in the last few months. Clarifications on the Council's homepage should be made before the next round of elections.