I’m trapped in a bittersweet mood at the moment. I am thrilled that the N9 has gotten PR 1.3, but I am upset that the Maemo team is finally leaving. In particular, Sotiris Makyrgiannis, the head of MeeGo developement. He has been around to assist in, and bring to the public, devices like the N770, N800, N810, N900 and N9/N950.
Some of the most innovative things to come out of Nokia, especially when it comes to Linux, has been thanks to this man and his team. I must admit, reading some of his tweets I was overcome with sadness. They are what is left of the old Nokia. The Nokia in-house OS. Now there is no Symbian (taken over by accenture) and no more Maemo/MeeGo.
Here are some of those tweets;
After 12 years at #Nokia is time to say goodbye. Last day but I’m going knowing that we created a legendary phone #N9 and we tried hard.I would like to take the time to dedicate this entire post to the team behind such amazing devices, and wish them the very best in their future endeavors. I am sure it isn’t the last we see of them.
In fact we made more devices, #N810 #N800 #N900 even I was there when # N770 was born. Recruiting top Linux talent from around the globe
From the jungles of brazil, the poor towns of India, the cold city’s of the north…. # Nokia meego people were/are. The best guys to work with
I remember the eyes full of passion, dreaming to be the future of Nokia. Willing to stay weekends and cut vacations to ensure qualityThe funny moments and a team spirit that I could never forget. We learned a lot, #Nokia was a great place to work. Full of ideas.naive maybeThe community that wanted a #Linux powered phone with cool design. A Linux community that I was happy to serve and work with themI remember 11.2.11 – was in SF – midnight watching the live stream on the strategy. What a bitter night that was, but also a new start.Should be told, Nokia meego team was the first to create and publish windows phone applications. 25 of them in 4 weeks time.Learn fast/adaptTo all of you, loyal #Nokia customers and happy #N9 users. To all #linux contributors thank you once more. We will be back to serve you!Special note: do not throw away your #N9 after few years, keep it. Nokia has 120 years of history, in 15 years I predict it would be worth more.
Please use the comment section below ONLY to voice your gratitude and appreciation for Sotiris and his team. There is also a TMO thread for those of you who would be interested