MeeGo: the merger of Maemo and Moblin
Posted Feb 17, 2010 10:53 UTC (Wed) by Hanno
Parent article: MeeGo: the merger of Maemo and Moblin
The bickering about deb vs rpm and GTK vs Qt is quite annoying and it doesn't address the really interesting issues about Meego.
Nokia and Intel have a proven positive track record in the Linux community by now. Maemo seems to have been an experiment within Nokia to join the Open Source community as a good corporate citizen and hey, they did exceedingly well within the limits of their interal corporate politics. There must be a lot of internal conflict that the Maemo rebels have to battle within Nokia and they should be applauded for what they have achieved so far. Intel is also the poster boy of open source involvement and we OSS people easily seem to forget what an evil hardball monopolistic company Intel actually is: Well, yeah, they crush their competitors with illegal behaviour, but look, they publish source code...!
Moblin was announced in 2007 with a lot of thunder, but so far, did any company release an actual product based on it? (I haven't seen any, but would love to hear about anything.) Maemo has also seen a lot of positive PR, but at any given time during the last years, there was only one active product by a serious company. (*) So what we see here is the merging of two ambitious projects with only one device on sale by one company supporting that device.
On the other hand, Android got announced and within a very show time, has several devices by several different companies on sale, right now.
So where are the Meego products? Any announcements? Release dates? And which companies will develop for it, except Nokia and Intel? Where are the developer teams?
And how will Meego address the "Less than free" business model of Android?
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