Collabora and Impressions and INdT and Maemo and Mamona and OpenEmbedded04 Aug 2010 01:38 pm

For the very first time the Linux Foundation is organizing the Linuxcon Brazil. It will happen on August 31th and Seeptember 01 in São Paulo city at WTC.

I’m already confirmed to do a presentation in Portuguese-br: A Maturidade do Linux no Mercado dos Celulares e de Serviços: Rumo ao Domínio!

I was also invited by Klaus Kiwi to participate of a mini-sumit to discuss about Linux development as a professional activity, which I’m not sure if it is already confirmed.

Helio Castro will  be there as well doing a presentation about Meego!

Ok ok, maybe you don’t want to hear what we have to tell there, but what about listen to Linus Torvalds at this keynote ;)

I’m pretty sure that there will be other good presentations and talks over there.

See you there?

Collabora and Impressions and INdT and Maemo04 Aug 2010 01:05 pm

To whom didn’t know I’ living in São Paulo city now. When I was looking to apartment here I was using the Nokia maps at my N900 to guide me trough the streets that I didn’t know.

Well I cannot blame Nokia maps hard because it really helped me to find lots of places in this huge city.
However, last month I bought a simple Garmin Navigator (Nuvi 1053T) and I have to write that developers have a lot to learn with Garmin, regarding to the usability.

The usability was the main reason that I’ve chosen this brand instead of the other one available in the market. At this point you must be willing to ask me:

“if Nokia Maps at your N900 helped you to find all places you wanted when looking for a new apartment, why the hell did you spend money in a navigator?”

Well, for some reasons:

* Due to the Murph law, always during a decision taken the phone rings and I got lost :(
* After get lost my Nokia Maps didn’t recalculate the route by itself
* When the 3G internet was slow it was a pain to wait to see the maps and the path (Ok I know that there is solution/workaround for this issue)
* It doesn’t warn me when there is speed camera

and the main reason:

* My wife didn’t like the Nokia Maps usability and couldn’t use it very well and since I work at home she will use more the Navigator than me.

Well, due to this reason I’ve started to take a look to different brands and models.

The first one that I’ve played with was a Tom Tom of a friend. I didn’t agree with
the most of path it took and I saw that this friend and I had some difficulties to use it even been computer engineers.

Later,  I played with a my cousin’s garmin. Well, he is a smart and intelligent doctor but he admit that he can’t use computer and other electronic devices so well.
Although he got his garmin and use it so easily that I couldn’t believe. I had also agreed with most of the paths and than I was almost decided to buy one of this.

When I was in a store in Finland looking for a Garmin to buy I found a demo device on the shelve but it was in Russian and even in a complete strange language I could with few taps
to change the language to Portuguese and use it very well.

Then, obviously I bought it.

So most of my problems I had with my N900 in São Paulo streets have already been solved. But this is not the main reason that I decided to write about it.

I believe that all developers should learn a little bit about its interface.

= Developers in general

* Leave the interface as clean as possible. On the map screen there is few information; next step with street name, distance and directions and the map itself. It also doesn’t show the small streets when it is not really necessary.
* Use few buttons as possible. On the main screen there is only two buttons: “Where to go” and “Settings”
* is it touch screen? So prepare it for fingers. Really. Use big icons. If you have to get a pen to touch it is simple wrong. As a friend of mine would say: It is so 5 years ago.
* Use meaningful buttons so people can use even in strange languages.

= To the Navigator developers

* Recalculate route is essential
* Talk and speed cameras are not easy but important
* If the device is for multiple usages, add an option that allows it to ignore automatically incomming calls or other service when you really need the navigator.

Collabora and Impressions and INdT and Maemo and Mamona and OpenEmbedded15 Feb 2010 03:20 am

“MeeGo is an open source, Linux project which brings together the Moblin project, headed up by Intel, and Maemo, by Nokia, into a single open source activity.”

Ari Jaaksi has written a very informative announcement. Read it.

Some Highlights:

  • “The development and integration will be open, too. Everybody can invest in MeeGo and participate. It is a genuine open source project.” (Ari Jaaksi)

So, I hope to see the build system open also…

Collabora and Impressions and INdT and Maemo22 Oct 2009 12:11 pm

This is a quick post to announce that I left INdT and joined Collabora.

These 3 last years at INdT was simply fantastic. Thank you (INdT) guys for everything. I wish the best for all of you guys.

Now it is time to move on. I joined Collabora today. Thank you (Collabora) guys for the good reception. Let’s rock.

I intend to write more technical posts related to the work at Collabora. (latter/in the future)

Impressions and INdT20 Aug 2009 05:32 am

I’m from Platform team and I’m not working directly with Qt here at INdT, but it is amazing to see other people here engaged with Qt and doing an amazing work:

Recently, Qt Labs Americas was created. It is an openBossa initiative aiming the growth of local Qt and KDE communities all over America, starting in Brazil.

It was cool to see our Python team working hard on PySide which is a project that provides LGPL-licensed Python bindings for the Qt cross-platform application and UI framework.

Congratulations guys.

INdT and Português06 May 2009 10:06 am


No dia 21 de Maio eu irei palestrar sobre GNU/Linux em sistemas móveis no Jampa Mobility Forum em João Pessoa. Neste evento eu terei a oportunidade de mostrar o mercado de GNU/Linux para sistemas móveis. Além disso eu terei a oportunidade de continuar em uma missão pessoal: difundir o uso e o desenvolvimento em GNU/Linux pelo Nordeste.

E aqui está o convite oficial do evento:



Gostaria de convidá-los para o Jampa Mobility Forum. Este evento tem por objetivo apresentar fundamentos teóricos e experiências práticas da área de dispositivos móveis e sistemas embarcados, trazendo os avanços no estado da arte e as últimas tendências do mercado.

O Jampa Mobility Forum é um evento com alto nível de qualidade sobre a área de mobilidade, que a Avaty! Tecnologia e a Faculdade iDEZ estarão organizando, e contará com a participação de professores, alunos, pesquisadores e profissionais de Tecnologia da Informação.

Para saber mais informações sobre o evento, programação e inscrição, vejam a chamada do Mobility Forum em anexo ou acessem o site do evento.


Andre Assad


INdT and Maemo and OpenEmbedded04 Feb 2009 05:17 am

It is coming…

I’ve already posted last year’s video:

I don’t think that you wanna miss it this year.

As always, it will be an amazing conference with great people presenting their projects in a paradisaical place. Besides you will have the oportunity to talk and share experience with great minds ;)

Btw the programme is out:

Enjoy it!

INdT and Maemo and Mamona and OpenEmbedded12 Sep 2008 10:43 am

It has passed a while since my last post here, but nothing better than great news to get back to write.

I’m so proud to announce the Mamona 0.2 release.

The entire team has been doing a great job spending efforts to make it usable and stable, providing new installer scripts and new packages; supporting new machines; writing a better documentation and many other features.

Please, read the complete feature list at Mamona 0.2 Release Notes.

INdT and Português11 Apr 2008 01:22 pm

Imagine a big aquarium and inside it computer programmers, challenges and prizes instead of fishes. This is how the FISL Programming Arena looks like.

The Arena main objective is promoting a meeting between members in technology community for a contest based in technical skills considering individuals and groups. Is occurs before in remote phases and during the FISL 9.0. The location is a aquarium-room with restricted access in the middle of event center. Free software projects are chosen and used as a case of study for Arena.

So, this year INdT is helping to organize this contest and Nokia will give N95 and N800 as prizes for the winners.


The official announcement in Portuguese-br:

Instituto Nokia de Tecnologia promove desafios em parceria

com Forum Nokia na Arena de Programação do FISL 2008

Vencedores serão premiados com dispositivos Nokia N95 e Nokia N800. Forum Nokia fará palestra para orientar desenvolvedores que queiram contribuir com projetos da empresa

São Paulo, 10 de abril de 2008 – O Instituto Nokia de Tecnologia (INdT) participará, pela primeira vez, do Festival Internacional de Software Livre (fisl), que terá sua nona edição entre 17 e 19 de abril, em Porto Alegre. O instituto, em parceria com o Forum Nokia, comunidade on-line com mais de três milhões de desenvolvedores cadastrados, promoverá desafios na Arena de Programação do evento e premiará os vencedores com aparelhos Nokia N95 e Internet Tablets Nokia N800.

Os desafios consistem em disputas que levam em conta habilidades técnicas de programação e desenvolvimento. As competições, realizadas individualmente e em grupo, serão vinculadas a projetos open source para plataformas móveis.

Serão duas fases: qualifying e insanifying. No qualifying, tarefas mais simples ajudam os times a se familiarizarem com a linguagem Python para o sistema operacional Symbian S60 e com a API (Interface de Programação de Aplicativos) da plataforma. Aqueles com os melhores resultados passam para a etapa seguinte, quando usarão parte do conhecimento adquirido durante o qualifying. O resultado será uma contribuição para um projeto de software livre com o qual os participantes poderão continuar colaborando mesmo após o fisl.

Daniel Rocha, gerente do Forum Nokia no Brasil, apresentará, durante o fisl, a palestra “Nokia – iniciativas e projetos open source para smartphones”. Ele irá mostrar as últimas iniciativas da Nokia no mundo open source, como Python for S60, Open C, Maemo, Mobile Web Server e outros projetos em andamento. A intenção é orientar os desenvolvedores sobre como participar destes projetos, portar código open source para os smartphones S60 e como contribuir com os projetos de código aberto da empresa.

Além de participar da arena, o INdT estará no evento também com o objetivo de identificar potenciais candidatos a trabalhar no instituto. “Sabemos que o fisl reúne os melhores profissionais da área de software livre, foco das pesquisas de nossa unidade em Recife. A atmosfera de competição é uma oportunidade de avaliarmos a capacidade dos participantes para possíveis vagas que se abram no INdT”, afirma Vanessa Nalesso, gerente de RH do INdT.

Vanessa explica que a idéia principal é formar um banco de currículos o que não significa que haverá contratações imediatas. “Na área de open source, o INdT oferece a melhor estrutura para que o pesquisador alcance o máximo de desempenho, desde máquinas, softwares e treinamentos, até a participação em congressos relacionados aos temas com os quais trabalhamos”, completa ela.

Sobre o INdT

Fundado em 2002, o INdT é uma instituição independente e sem fins lucrativos comprometida com a realização de pesquisa e desenvolvimento de tecnologias em comunicação móvel no Brasil. Além do

desenvolvimento de aplicações inovadoras, está entre os objetivos do instituto promover as oportunidades que a mobilidade tem a oferecer para os desenvolvedores.

O Instituto possui centros de pesquisa estabelecidos em Manaus, Brasília e Recife, e executa projetos em áreas de conhecimento distintas: Software Livre e Código Aberto, Desenvolvimento de Soluções Futuras em software, multimídia e telecomunicações,  processos de manufatura, pesquisa de propriedades mecânicas e componentes eletrônicos de dispositivos móveis.

Sobre o Forum Nokia

O Forum Nokia é uma comunidade on-line global voltada para desenvolvedores de aplicativos móveis, que fornece ampla variedade de ferramentas para criação, informações técnicas e documentos de suporte. Criado em 1995, o Fórum Nokia tem atualmente mais de 3 milhões de desenvolvedores cadastrados. O endereço do Fórum Nokia na web é Para os brasileiros uma novidade é o Forum Nokia Wiki em português – Neste espaço colaborativo os cadastrados podem incluir desde artigos sobre programação até dúvidas (e suas soluções).

Informações para Imprensa

LVBA Comunicaçã – 11 3039.0660

Théo Filipe – – 11 8714.0669

Comunicação INdT

Beto Campainha  – – 92 8114.1299

Impressions and INdT13 Mar 2008 09:42 pm

Marcelo has recently posted a Canola portrait test video on his blog.

The most impressive thing it that almost of Canola fits on rotated screen without any extra efforts by Canola team. These guys are doing a great work and I believe that as soon as possible they will release full support for vertical screens.

You can test it installing Canola and following Jott instructions to install xrandr and Xomap screen rotation support.

Have fun.

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