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MeeGo is an operating system for mobile devices under development by Nokia and Intel.

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open Linux-based platform

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capable of running any native Linux applications

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designed for both X86 and ARM processors - can run on a large variety of devices, from cellphones to full desktop PCs

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Meego for tablets presents one of the only full featured tablet-based OS in development (graphically intense UI, native multi-tasking, application store, designed with touch input in mind, etc...)

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released for the Nokia N900, extending the lifespan of this great smartphone

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a second open-source competitor, healthy for the market

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includes super-fast browser (Google Chrome 5 or Chromium )

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combines Moblin and Maemo to create a more powerful competitor

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designed from the ground up with other devices in mind - a problem faced by Android

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runs full Adobe Flash right out of the box

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simplified Linux interface - very easy for Windows natives to learn

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slick visual usability-based design with just the right amount of eye candy

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Qt-based application development

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uses RPM package manager just like other full Linux distributions

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late to the game - we already have Android, WinMobile, BlackBerry OS, iPhone OS, webOS, Bada.... and Nokia will still develop Symbian, fragmenting the mobile OS space

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few (quality) applications from 3rd parties - an issue for most new operating systems

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so far no hardware support

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might be too basic - like Android and iOS, it is very poor for a netbook / slate device due to the focus on content consumption and not creation by developers

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MeeGo is an operating system for mobile devices under development by Nokia and Intel. It is an attempt to merge Nokia's Maemo and Intel's Moblin operating systems, combining their advantages. Like its two older parents, MeeGo is Linux-based, but its scope will be wider than just mobile phones - netbooks, vehicle computers, connected TVs, handhelds like PMPs, and telephone and video calling/conference systems are all part of the concept. Its success remains to be seen as it is still under heavy development and no commercial products are announced as of April 2010. A first snapshot version (without a GUI) was released on March 31, 2010, and a quite impressive version 1.0 was released on May 27, 2010.

Supported Hardware

In general MeeGo v1.0 for Netbook will run on AtomĀ® based Netbooks and has been tested on the following platforms,

  • Asus EeePC 901, 1000H, 1005HA, 1008HA, EeePC 1005PE, Eeetop ET1602
  • Dell mini10v, Inspiron Mini 1012
  • Acer Aspire One D250, AO532-21S, Revo GN40, Aspire 5740-6025
  • Lenovo S10
  • MSI U130, AE1900
  • HP mini 210-1044
  • Toshiba NB302
Post Review
05/28/2010 02:34

Wow, for a version 1.0 of a project called into existence just a few months ago, this stuff is great! They made some really neat design decisions here and a lot of stuff works right out of the box even though I've only run it from a USB stick as of now.

The app store "Garage" has very few items (I heard 20 when you install it to HDD) and at the moment that's definitely the drawback versus Android or iPhone OS. But with Google Chrome (imho the best browser at the moment) and HTML5 you're ready for all the web-apps that use local storage and local GPU acceleration, and that's definitely the way of the future for tablets, phones, netbooks, and all the other portables that MeeGo is designed to run on. Also promising is the separate cloud sync section, but this needs much more stuff in the future. Not sure if Google Gears works, but I'll do that if/when I install MeeGo on the harddrive.

Kudos Intel & Nokia for delivering this so speedily! I ran it on a ThinkPad X61 Tablet with Core 2 Duo and 2GB RAM (yes, not a netbook!). The sound up/down/mute buttons work even with a beautifully designed on-screen meter display! Hardware that worked for me instantly: Bluetooth scroll mouse, external USB keyboard, USB scroll mouse, external monitors (one at 1600x1200, one at 1900x1200), WiFi, Ethernet, discovering company network printers (I didn't yet try adding them and printing). Even the Fn keys for display switching and standby work! I've only had a couple hours with it, so I'm sure there would be much more to this list, but who cares, I just want to say it works remarkably well even on a laptop that's not in the officially supported list.

Now, hopefully Nokia will bring out a decent netbook with MeeGo instead of their over-priced piece of mediocre hardware running Windows (the Booklet 3G).

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