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Contributing your ideas to the Open Source community

With both of Nokia’s chosen OS’s for their mid and high range handsets being open sourced, it means that a lot of the work and development on these aspects of the OS is done very much in the open and can be accessed with as little effort as it’d take to register for a forum for example. While this access to *some* elements of the OS can be had well in advance of release, the main reason for Nokia’s drive for open source in my humble opinion is to get input and ideas from a wide variety of people with different perceptions, needs, wants, interests and backgrounds. Much more input than would have been possible within the confines of an office in Finland or the UK for example.

Having posted numerous videos and blog posts on Symbian and MeeGo, the coming changes with regards to their UI’s and capabilities etc and received valid and valued feedback, I thought it important to get this message across to our few (but vocal) readers.


While we all love to sing the praises of Open Source projects and initiatives, WE THE COMMUNITY, have to contribute and provide ideas to foster the development of these Open Source projects.

There are a number of ways to get your ideas across to the people responsible for the OS’s that you may well find yourselves using in the coming months or years. How would you like it if one of your ideas and contributions made its way into the hands of millions of people worldwide? I know I’d be happy. While the voices of the individual may not carry across to the people in charge, the voices of a majority can. Get your ideas out there, get support for your ideas and contribute.

There are a number of ways that you can go about doing this. For example, with Symbian, ideas.symbian.org/, exists for the sole purpose of getting your ideas and input. Get on over there, register, read through some of the ideas (some good, some bad and leave your comments and input.)

While you may think that doing so is a futile attempt at getting your voice heard, getting your ideas picked up is a rather simple process.

Create an idea, flesh it out in detail, provide a few images describing your idea and submit it!

If 30 people, a small number to be honest, stumble across your idea and like it and vote for it, 50 people view it and the overall feedback is positive, the possibility exists for a community moderator to support your idea and it’ll move on to the next phase of the cycle. This stage involves an expert approving and analysing the feasibility of your idea. With a bit of fortune, your idea will eventually be picked up and implemented by the Symbian foundation.

Pretty simple huh!

There have also been recent developments in the form of Symbian Developers Cooperative who’ve recently joined the Symbian Foundation in order to give a larger voice and influence to the individuals scattered throughout the Symbian community.


With MeeGo, while the ability to submit ideas is not nearly as polished, the ability to submit “bugs” or ideas that you wish to see implemented also exists.

The following wiki link http://wiki.meego.com/Contributing_to_MeeGo shows just how the Average Joe can add his or her ideas to the MeeGo initiative.

Now go forth! Contribute your ideas and criticisms in the hope that you’ll make the outcomes of these projects better for us all!

Categories: Nokia
  1. Andre
    July 20, 2010 at 11:17 pm


  2. Keith
    July 20, 2010 at 11:19 pm

    Just spent 30 min and submitted my idea on “Improving Browser, OVI store redesign and other redesigning in the OS UI”


    • Andre
      July 20, 2010 at 11:21 pm

      Send a link so we can vote on it. Maybe we’ll do this weekly thing on Community Idea of the week.
      What do you think? 🙂

      • Keith
        July 21, 2010 at 5:13 am

        Well, it looks like my Idea hasnt been approved YET. It says pending Approval 😦

        But I’ll post the link As soon as it gets approved 🙂

      • Keith
        July 21, 2010 at 5:46 am

        Hey, I got another idea (which was approved within minutes – weird!)
        The other one was probably toooooo long. I dunno…
        Here’s the link BTW:

        • Andre
          July 21, 2010 at 5:51 am

          Only Symbian related ideas can be worked on

          • Keith
            July 21, 2010 at 6:05 am


  3. Yougo
    July 21, 2010 at 5:38 am

    N97 mini is now shown at apple antenna website!

    • Keith
      July 21, 2010 at 5:41 am

      I know! Its like they are just going out pointing others’ problems just to divert people’s attention from their own antenna issue (Whichi in fact is WORSE than others!)

      P.S. I tried death-gripping my 5800 and E71 and the result was NO BAR DROPS AT ALL!

      • erm
        July 21, 2010 at 6:13 am

        lol i tried gripping my 5800 in every way possible and no bars dropped at all XD I’d like to see apple do their grip of death on the 5800. Guess they can’t find faults on other nokia phones and turn to nokias failed product the N97~

    • Charles
      July 21, 2010 at 6:33 am

      I have tried “death gripping” every Nokia I have ever owned (they are all still sitting in a drawer, and all still fully functional) plus all the ones my family owns (so 6 more) in different locations, and have never been able to get any phone to drop a single bar.

  4. Lek Tor
    July 21, 2010 at 8:04 am

    I’ve done just that – added two ideas today for future Symbian users. Please please, keep the community going by signing up for an account and voting for your favourite ideas.

    Click on my profile, http://ideas.symbian.org/User/View?userid=1698


  5. gruik
    July 21, 2010 at 8:43 am

    ideas, ideas… it seems that they’ve already launched this kind of experience on ideas.symbian.org. They’ve collected a lot of good ideas. I waiting for their achievement…

  6. July 21, 2010 at 9:03 am

    Andre :

    Send a link so we can vote on it. Maybe we’ll do this weekly thing on Community Idea of the week.
    What do you think? :-)

    Great idea and great feature. There are lots of fantastic ideas running around and places like blogs/forums that rarely get them noticed.

    Direct contact with Symbian this way, (if successful via voting) is great, and if we can highlight some useful features our readers could help and vote on, even better ^_^.

    • Hary
      July 21, 2010 at 4:16 pm

      That’s a good point @Jay

      I think, you can select every week, few ideas from the site, that you guys collectively think is a good practical idea, and then post the link here.
      Do not tell users to just vote on the idea, but tell them something like.
      “Here is the idea that we liked and voted. If you like, please vote.”

  7. Duncan
    July 22, 2010 at 5:21 am

    I don’t know if symbian has a music player or if the O.E.’s make them, but this is a feature I really enjoy on android and I want it on symbian.


    • Andre
      July 22, 2010 at 5:23 am

      Link doesnt work.

      • Duncan
        July 22, 2010 at 2:00 pm

        Works for me. (Opera 10.6)

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