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  1. Front Page
    • Future of Nokia's PySide project for Python & Qt
    • Do you read talk.maemo.org? Want to help MWKN?
  2. Development
    • Core MeeGo OBS API experiences frequent downtime
    • Quim Gil's experiences with Qt Quick
    • MeeGo Architect team changes?
  3. Announcements
    • Perth Trains - live departures for N950
    • MyMoves - system gestures for Harmattan
    • EmuMaster for console emulation on Harmattan
    • Miniature chess engine for Harmattan
    • TwimGo updated with auto-loading of tweets and pull-down-to-refresh

Front Page

Future of Nokia's PySide project for Python & Qt

PySide was a Nokia-led project to produce a more liberally licenced set of Python Qt bindings (compared with PyQt). Matti Airas has started, on the PySide mailing list, a discussion on the future of the project:

Currently, the vast majority of the PySide core development is done by the OpenBossa INdT team in Brazil and funded by Nokia's MeeGo Computers team - the PySide project has internally been an enabler for the MeeGo 1.2 Harmattan Python project. Unfortunately, the Nokia N9 is the only MeeGo (Harmattan) phone to be published by Nokia, and Nokia's MeeGo team is being ramped down already in the near future. Because of this, the Nokia MeeGo funding for PySide is slated to end after this year, and I have also failed to find a new sponsor for the project within Nokia.

So, what are the implications? What I hope and believe will happen is that the project is already sufficiently healthy to stay alive and grow without Nokia acting as a midwife. This would imply the community to take a leading role in both the project guidance and actual development. This can of course happen in several ways. First, independent open-source developers may pitch in. Second, there are many companies using PySide by now. They might want to contribute to PySide due to their own interests. Third, there might be some companies providing support and services for PySide. (INdT?) Finally, their might be some company with sufficient interest to take the main responsibility for future development.

Pleasingly, Luciano Wolf has come along and said that "INdT/OpenBossa intends to maintain this project even without monetary support from Nokia".

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