01/06/2010

It's all go with MeeGo (for netbooks anyway)

Nokia have announced the availability of MeeGo v1.0 for netbook type devices. MeeGo is the Linux based OS that is the combined efforts of Nokia's Maemo and Intel's MobLin.

The main features are: -

* Visually rich Netbook user experience, building on the latest open source technologies.

* Instant access to your synchronized calendar, tasks, appointments, recently used files and real-time social networking updates through the home screen.

* Aggregation of your social networking content. This allows you to see your social networking activities on one screen, easily interact with your friends, and update your status and site information.

* Easy to use applications for email, calendar and media player.

* Highly optimized for power and performance.

* Languages: Japanese, Korean, Chinese Simplified, Chinese Traditional, Swedish, Polish, Finnish, Italian, Brazilian Portuguese, French, German, Spanish, Russian, Dutch, English, British English

The release comes in two version, one fully open source using Google's Chromium browser and one where the end-user has to agree to Google's EULA for Google Chrome.

The core platform (which is common to all releases) contains: -

* Kernel based on 2.6.33

* DeviceKit and udev for interacting with hardware devices

* Modern 2D / 3D graphics stack including Kernel Mode Setting, non-root X

* Voice and data connectivity with Connman connection manager, Ofono telephony stack and BlueZ Bluetooth

* Qt 4.6

* Universal Plug and Play (gUPnP)

* Media frameworks

* Next generation file system BTRFS, as the default file system

Nokia have also quietly released a version for the N900 smartphone, though Nokia will continue to support Maemo as the "officially" supported N900 OS. It also seems there are ports of MeeGo to the N8x0 units too.
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