February 15, 2010 at 12:37 pm
Intel and Nokia have merged their respective Moblin and Maemo mobile Linux operating systems to form MeeGo. This is huge news. MeeGo will be backed by two of the largest technology companies in the world and should create a mobile OS that will suit a wide range of devices from netbooks to smartphones.
Nokia recently delivered its first Maemo device the Nokia N900 smartphone and Intel’s Moblin is a credible open-source software platform for netbooks as well as MIDs. The MeeGo project will be hosted by the Linux Foundation. There will be access to both the Nokia Ovi Store and the recently announced Intel AppUp Centre.
The great news is that MeeGo will support both x86 Intel Atom processors and ARM-based chipsets, so we’re as likely to see this in smartbooks as we are in netbooks. The first release of MeeGo is not currently available, although it is expected in Q2 2010. The first devices are expected by the year end.