Monday, March 23, 2009

Canola is free!

I'm pleased to announce that I've just closed bug #3881, which means that from now on Canola and all its components are licensed under the GNU General Public License version 3.

The source code of the former closed-source packages, Atabake, Download Manager, Terra and Canola, has been uploaded to our gitorious server a few hours ago.

The canola-devel mailing list for developers is already set up and working on garage. Everyone is very welcome to join us in the development of the project. For documentation, such as installation instructions, build dependency, and so on, I'm setting up a wiki that should go online by the end of this week under the domain.

With all this, Canola officially leaves the beta status. The packages of for the final 2.0.0 version will be uploaded soon, together with brand new Maemo-EFL.

Last, I'd like to thank everyone for supporting the project even before the very first release and especially for providing feedback on the various releases we had since December 2007. If today we were able to release Canola as Free Software, consider yourself responsible for it as well.


Anonymous said...

That is really great news!

I know most of you INdT guys wanted to free Canola for a long time with some "upper management" in the way. Glad you finally made it!

Let's hope we got some momentum from this and some contributors will join in.

I for one will download the source now :-).

fpp said...

Congratulations !

From the discussions I had with Marcelo in Berlin I gather it was far, far from trivial to obtain this result. Kudos to the entire team for being patient and persistent... and for a great product of course :-)

Walther said...

Great news. Thanks for the hard work.

Trilok said...

Congratulations to all the Canola team. It is great media player and making it gpl, canola will reach to new heights.

Berto said...


Anonymous said...

Great news!

I have been loving Canola since I have my NIT800, but it was still not complete the joy because of using a closed source app within a linux box.

Now I (and we all, I guess) feel complete.

Thanks Nokia, and thanks to all Canola developers!


jeez said...

Great news!
Hope people don't forget that there is also some Canola related projects (plugins) at GSoC 2009. They are listed at Maemo's SoC page. :)

Anonymous said...


I noticed that "libupnpbrowser1" is still missing which is needed by the UPnP plugin.

Are there any obstacles to release the source of the library? Or was it just "forgotten" in the release process and is coming anyway?


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