- LiMo and the Open Source Community (Friday 15 May 2009), a brief explanation of what is both best practice and also essentially LiMo’s open source policy.
- Open Source Lineage (Friday 3 July 2009), talking about the results of using Black Duck Protex to scan the LiMo platform. The original article was “How Open?”, and somehow we missed the exciting bit: “So with the staggering rise in adoption of open source software, just how much is actually used within the LiMo Foundation platform? Our scans show that more than 75% of the code is from open source projects.” Thankfully Lefty clarified this later on when talking about LiMo at the Gran Canaria Desktop Summit 2009.
- Top 10 crimes of Developer Engagement (Wednesday 18 November 2009), a bit of a rant about how to involve developers in platforms.
- LiMo, License Compliance, and the GPL (Monday 7 December 2009), a look at some of the issues around licensing of mobile platforms and obligations with open source licenses.
- WIPJam @ LinuxTag (Thursday 17 June 2010), a write-up of LinuxTag and the coinciding WIP developer jam, cross-posted from LinuxTag and WIPJam.
- Unstoppable forces and immovable objects (Tuesday 10 August 2010), a review of a Cambridge Wireless event, cross-posted from my blog.
Some other content is well worth reading over there, including:
- David Kordsmeier’s Mobile Java Matters, which is particularly pertinent and prescient right now: “For the LiMo Foundation, for the Apache Foundation, and for our friends at Google, getting Sun’s OK to move ahead with the dream of what Java could be is no longer necessary. We have to strike out on our own.”
- Mal Minhas’ LiMo publishes the list of open source components in its platform. Publishing a list of components is not ground-shaking or innovative, but serves as a useful point of comparison / information on what goes into a modern Linux mobile stack. Do read the article though, for the discussion of costs driving the software bill of materials. This is why per-unit licensing must not become the de facto norm in mobile platforms.
- Also by Mal, Analysing the Economics of Open Source. Useful for anyone trying to understand the importance of working with upstream projects.