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Maemo Leste development is split up in a few different places.

Communication and organising


All our git repositories can be found here:


To aid development and provide "continous integration" we have a build server, which takes a git repository and builds software and packages it, and will automatically make said package end up in Maemo Leste repositories. This is done by Jenkins, and the instance can be found here:

Developing on a device

Actual development is mostly done from within Maemo Leste itself. (For Maemo Fremantle users, this might sound weird, but there is essentially no need for a 'scratchbox' type VM)

The current developers mostly work in a Virtual Machine or on a Raspberry Pi.


Multiarch is ability present on modern Debian systems that allows you to develop for Maemo Leste using your PC/Mac/Notebook etc.

Here we show how you can easily setup multiarch environment and build some packages on a Debian system. This can be adapted to develop on other systems as well. If you have such experience, please feel free to expand this section to help more people be involved in Maemo Leste development.

# Make a container for our development system
sudo apt-get install qemu-user-static debootstrap &&
sudo debootstrap stretch $DIR &&
echo "strech_cross" | sudo tee $DIR/etc/debian_chroot &&
sudo systemd-nspawn --bind /usr/bin/qemu-arm-static -D $DIR

# Setup build environment inside the container
cat >> ~/.bashrc << EOF &&
export PKG_CONFIG_PATH=/usr/lib/pkgconfig
export CC=arm-linux-gnueabihf-gcc
dpkg --add-architecture armhf &&
apt-get -y install --no-install-recommends build-essential crossbuild-essential-armhf ca-certificates &&
cat >> /etc/apt/sources.list << "EOF" &&
deb leste main contrib non-free n900
deb leste-devel main contrib non-free n900

deb-src stretch main
deb-src leste main contrib non-free n900
deb-src leste-devel main contrib non-free n900
wget &&
apt-key add testing-key.asc &&
rm -f testing-key.asc &&
rm -f /var/cache/apt/archives/*.deb &&
apt-get update &&
exec bash

# Build Xorg for Nokia N900
apt-get source xserver-xorg-core &&
cd xorg-server-1.19.2 &&
wget &&
mv -v debian/patches &&
echo -e "# crossbuild fix\" >> debian/patches/series &&
apt-get -y build-dep -a armhf . &&
time dpkg-buildpackage -aarmhf -j4 -b &&
echo OK || echo FAIL

To login the container later, issue the command:

sudo systemd-nspawn --bind /usr/bin/qemu-arm-static -D /var/lib/container/stretch

If you wish to remove the container, just delete the directory we created:

rm -fr /var/lib/container/stretch


  • Discuss where people look to pick up issues (clear answer is the bugtracker, but still)
  • How people can make changes and how to send them in