Having covered Meego news from many countries and attended Meego and Maemo conferences in three countries I would argue that the biggest contributing country is Germany. If it’s not #1, its up there in the top 5.
So why have Nokia taken work done by these talented people, built a product on it and then decided not to selling to them? The same applies to the UK and US and many other countries.
If something is going to be built on open source software, shouldn’t it be available to everyone?
Meego, controlled by the Linux Foundation should write this into their terms. If you want to use the Meego brand in your marketing, you jolly-well make sure its available to the people that worked on it.
At the least, the Linux Foundation need to publicize the official line from Nokia. Why? Are there legal issues? Carriers complaining?
The best case scenario is that all those that contributed should get a reduced-cost product. 50% off retail sounds fair. If Intel, their customers and the Linux Foundation want to see more developer input, they can’t let this closed-distribution continue.
Nokia appear to have closed the lid on the Meego software, removed funding and put the N9 out there beyond the reach of many. No only in terms of location; Have you seen the price?
Play with the right spirit Nokia.