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MeeGo combines Moblin and Maemo OS'

Collaborations in the technology world between companies are very common. Chipmakers often team with OEMs to design products that will showcase their hardware for instance. These collaborations help reduce the costs and share the risks of development associated with new offerings.

Intel and Nokia announced in June of 2009 that they would be teaming up to work on various projects, one of which was cited as the Intel Moblin operating system. Moblin is a Linux-based operating system that Intel designed as an alternative to Windows and other operating systems on netbooks. Intel talked about the coming
Pineview Atom processors and Moblin v2 in May of 2009 and at the time many analysts felt the operating system had no chance of catching on in the netbook and notebook market. Intel said at the time that future version s of Mobile would be aimed at smartphones.

Nokia is a major player in the mobile phone world and sells more smartphones and other handsets around the world than any other handset maker. Nokia has been offering its own Maemo OS on smartphones like the N900 since the summer of 2009. The collaboration between Nokia and Intel has resulted in a new mobile phone operating system being spawned called MeeGo.

MeeGo is an open source Linux project that mates Moblin and Maemo into a single open source activity. The goal of the new OS is to integrate the experience and skill of Nokia and Intel into a single project. MeeGo features optimized performance and intends to deliver a rich computational and graphically oriented platform for applications and connected services development. The Linux Foundation will manage the project. 

MeeGo uses a Linux stack that is specifically optimized for size and capability for small footprint platforms and mobile devices and will offer broad compatibility with Linux software. The OS is targeting netbooks and entry-level desktops along with mobile phones, in-vehicle entertainment, and connected TVs. Exactly when devices running the MeeGo OS will turn up is unknown.



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opensource?
By Visual on 2/15/2010 10:33:46 AM , Rating: 3
I'm sick of hearing about open-source phone OSes without a single released phone where it is actually easy (or at least possible) and legal to compile and install your own modded version without having to use expensive additional hardware and disassemble and reverse-engineer the existing firmware.




RE: opensource?
By drycrust3 on 2/15/2010 11:06:16 AM , Rating: 2
Yes, there are lots of Open Source operating systems, and yes, anyone can make or modify one; but it seems to me anyone can make, modify and distribute software that does that to closed source copyright restricted operating systems such as Windows. We give that software names like "virus" and "malware".
So just as you should be discerning about what you download, so you should also be discerning about where you download from.


RE: opensource?
By HotFoot on 2/15/2010 11:27:58 AM , Rating: 2
The article itself mentions the n900. That's what I have, and it does everything you listed wanting to be able to do.

I was just talking with a friend of mine yesterday about an app I want for the n900 and he's going to see about making it himself.

I'm sure what I'm looking for already exists in some form for the iPhone, but it is still cool to be able to go to the OSS community and say you'd like something and that gets the ball rolling on an app.


RE: opensource?
By omnicronx on 2/16/2010 10:39:23 AM , Rating: 2
While the n900 and Maemo is better than what Symbian used to be, its still well known that they have many closed components..

http://wiki.maemo.org/Why_the_closed_packages

Many of the major OS components are completely locked down..

To tell you the truth, you can do pretty much everything you can do on Maemo on a closed Windows Mobile system, most of the same components are locked out (browser, media player etc)..

In other words there is no true Open source mobile OS, and even the ones that come close are really not much better than their closed counterparts.


RE: opensource?
By Hare on 2/15/2010 12:46:30 PM , Rating: 2
Emm, example. Installing a linux OS may be open source but the BIOS in your computer is still propietary. You are confusing firmware and the actual OS.

You can install Android, Debian or Maemo on the N900 (with emulation even Mac OS X or Windows) but I doubt you can ever tweak every bit of the firmware without special tools if you want to keep the device working.

Symbian and Maemo are both truly open source.


RE: opensource?
By sxr7171 on 2/15/2010 3:52:21 PM , Rating: 3
You mean the symbian that requires you to send your IMEI to china to get a certificate to install the software you want on it? I've done it before, and I know all about the symbian lie. I've been using Symbian for years.


RE: opensource?
By themaster08 on 2/16/2010 2:14:02 AM , Rating: 2
It became open source on February 4th.


RE: opensource?
By omnicronx on 2/16/2010 10:32:58 AM , Rating: 2
It became open source after their new OS was released.. Its nothing but a PR more to keep Symbian alive until the OS transition takes place.


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