[Development] Moving QtMobility to qt-project.org

Thomas McGuire thomas.mcguire at kdab.com
Mon Oct 15 10:24:39 CEST 2012


I'd like to propose to move QtMobility to the qt-project.org.

The main reason I am proposing this is that we (RIM + KDAB) right now have a 
fork of QtMobility living on Gitorious [1]. This fork contains backends for 
sensors and multimedia for the new BB10 mobile OS, and will likely gain 
support for NFC and Bluetooth as well. It contains some API additions too.
In addition to BB10, the Mer project also has patches for QtMobility [2], and 
the Android port has a backend [3]. Lorn Potter is working on backporting 
sensor gestures to QtMobility [4].

As you can see, there is still interest in QtMobility. Having it on qt-
project.org would potentially reduce the number of forks and patches that are 
around. At least we are committed to properly upstream all patches of the BB10 

There are multiple advantages of making qt-project.org the home for 
QtMobility. First of all, we'd gain a proper review process through Gerrit. 
The docs would live on qt-project.org as well, which is naturally the first 
place people look for documentation. Right now the documenation for the API 
additions for BB10 are hard to find, for example. In general, getting rid of a 
fork is almost always a good idea.

Any objections to this? How can we make this happen?

The first steps would be to set up Gerrit for QtMobility and make sure commits 
to Gerrit end up on Gitorious.
After that, we'd upstream the BlackBerry backend and the new API via Gerrit 
and get rid of the forked repository.

There is already documentation at [5]. Is that auto-generated from the 
Gitorious repository automatically? If so, there is nothing to do in that 
area, hopefully.

Eventually, we'd create a new 1.3 release with the BlackBerry backend and the 
new API (or maybe a 2.0 release even).

Any thoughts?


[1] https://gitorious.org/+kdab-developers/qt-mobility/qnx-qt-mobility
[2] http://gitweb.merproject.org/gitweb?p=mer-core/qt-mobility.git;a=summary
[3] http://quickgit.kde.org/?p=android-qt-mobility.git
[4] https://qt.gitorious.org/~lpotter/qt-mobility/lpotters-qt-
[5] http://doc.qt.digia.com/qtmobility/index.html

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