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Nokia, Intel Merge Maemo, Moblin Into MeeGo 162

Posted by CmdrTaco
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AVee writes "Intel and Nokia just announced a new project called MeeGo. MeeGo is supposed to be the result of merging Maemo and Moblin, bringing together the best pieces of those (already quite similar platforms). Interestingly this means that Intel will be sponsoring a mobile Linux distro which will run on ARM."
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Nokia, Intel Merge Maemo, Moblin Into MeeGo

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  • Eh? (Score:5, Informative)

    by goose-incarnated (1145029) <lelanthran@gma[ ]com ['il.' in gap]> on Monday February 15, 2010 @08:47AM (#31143340) Homepage Journal
    All Linux distros can potentially run on ARM ...
  • Re:Quit similar? (Score:2, Informative)

    by dsavi (1540343) on Monday February 15, 2010 @08:47AM (#31143344) Homepage
    That is why you tag the story with "typoinsummary".
  • by gmuslera (3436) on Monday February 15, 2010 @09:06AM (#31143480) Homepage Journal
    How so? Android is already running in most of those devices (check this wikipedia page [wikipedia.org] on that topic, tablets, netbooks, ebook readers and more is listed there, and there is plenty of different devices announced for a maybe close future).
  • by Anonymous Coward on Monday February 15, 2010 @09:19AM (#31143590)

    Q Will MeeGo use .rpm or .deb as its packaging system?
    A: MeeGo will use the .rpm format

    http://meego.com/about/faq

    Also Quim Gil of Maemo stated that it will officially support both GTK+ and Qt (original plan for Maemo 6 was to officially support only Qt and deliver GTK+ via community supported packages)
    http://talk.maemo.org/showpost.php?p=527251&postcount=87

  • by Anonymous Coward on Monday February 15, 2010 @09:33AM (#31143746)

    RPM, says the FAQ [meego.com]

  • Re:Intel and ARM (Score:3, Informative)

    by Randle_Revar (229304) <kelly.clowers@gmail.com> on Monday February 15, 2010 @12:01PM (#31145634) Homepage Journal

    Intel sold XScale a long time ago. June 2006, in fact, as you would know if you had looked at the link you posted.

  • Re:Re:Eh? (Score:3, Informative)

    by TemporalBeing (803363) <<bm_witness> <at> <yahoo.com>> on Monday February 15, 2010 @03:06PM (#31147820) Homepage Journal

    Linux has already been ported to ARM, Windows has not.

    Windows Mobile/WinCE/etc. have all been ported to ARM, which Microsoft provides support for.

    In fact, you even get the source code so that you can port it to the architecture of your choice; but then you have to support it yourself. That's the catch.

    Linux, OTOH, is supported on dozens of processor architectures from the ARM to the Itanium to the Cell, whether you want an 8-bit processor or 256-bit processor. Windows can't do that.

  • Re:Gtk RIP? (Score:3, Informative)

    by jmorris42 (1458) * <jmorris.beau@org> on Monday February 15, 2010 @03:09PM (#31147854)

    > Both Maemo and Moblin started off Gtk-based, using the Clutter toolkit on top of Gtk.

    You would have a point had it been done for technical reasons. And had you known what you were going on about. Maemo was never based on clutter, it predated clutter by several years and the hardware it ships on lacks 3d acceleration. This is corporate politics at work. Maemo is pretty much dead if you ask me, managed into oblivion. Moblin was already a dead horse, being tied too closely to both the x86 anchor and being a research toy OS watching Android come storming onto the scene sucking all the PR buzz up.

    As for Maemo, look how many flag days there have already been and how many more are planned. The current shipping product is GTK based and everyone had already been warned of a rip and replace of most of the guts to go to Qt for the next version. Why? Because Nokia went out and bought Trolltech thats why, and ya gotta eat the house brand of dogfood. Now before they can even ship a beta more corporate politics happen and the developers are going to get a much more crap they didn't ask for dumped into their laps and told to integrate it.

    So now there are two possibilities, either delay shipping the QT rewrite to merge all of the Intel tech and piss off everyone who, in anticipation of this switch was readying new code of their own, or worse ship the Qt port they had planned and announce yet again that it is a one release OS that is going to have most of it's innards ripped and replaced yet again for the next one. Who in their right mind is going to continue sinking resources into following this train wreck over the cliff? Perhaps Nokia can afford the developer resources to keep rewriting their OS for every release, but most 3rd party developers just want to release an app and get onto the next one or adding cool new features for a new version, not just keep rewriting and debugging the same one for an ever changing OS.

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