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MeeGo: the merger of Maemo and Moblin + Corrections

MeeGo: the merger of Maemo and Moblin + Corrections

Posted Feb 17, 2010 10:43 UTC (Wed) by dgm (subscriber, #49227)
In reply to: MeeGo: the merger of Maemo and Moblin + Corrections by kragil
Parent article: MeeGo: the merger of Maemo and Moblin

I recall the initial Moblin versions being based on Fedora, and using XFCE as desktop until the the Moblin UI (the one based on Clutter) came to be.
I think all Canonical did was take the Moblin UI and adapted it to work on top an Ubuntu base.


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MeeGo: the merger of Maemo and Moblin + Corrections

Posted Feb 18, 2010 7:46 UTC (Thu) by kragil (guest, #34373) [Link]

Wrong.

This is how it went down:

Moblin was deb- and XFCE-based in the beginning. Intel partnered with
Canonical.

Later they used rpm/Fedora and Canonical adopted the new Clutter based
Moblin.

MeeGo: the merger of Maemo and Moblin + Corrections

Posted Feb 18, 2010 13:08 UTC (Thu) by nim-nim (subscriber, #34454) [Link]

Unfortunately, Moblin has diverged from Fedora quickly, so MeeGo will probably end up a complete separate distribution.

It's the usual 'NIH, faster to reinvent the wheel than coordinate' symptom. It's a net win at first, and a big loss after a few years when the drain of supporting a whole system alone eats resources that would be better spent on adding new features.

Nokia's and Intel's focus is very narrow, I fear MeeGo will be deeply imbalanced soon (ie anything not a priority for the two big sponsors will suck).

MeeGo: the merger of Maemo and Moblin + Corrections

Posted Feb 18, 2010 16:55 UTC (Thu) by blitzkrieg3 (guest, #57873) [Link]

That isn't entirely accurate. It seems like every day Intel is hiring a new Linux or Cairo or Gnome dev. They have more than enough developers to have their own distro, and basing it off a distro with different goals (mainly to become an enterprise linux) would only slow them down due to patch management etc.

MeeGo: the merger of Maemo and Moblin + Corrections

Posted Feb 18, 2010 18:03 UTC (Thu) by rahulsundaram (subscriber, #21946) [Link]

Where do you think most of the packages from Moblin came from? What do you
believe is the percentage of packages maintained by volunteers in Fedora?

MeeGo: the merger of Maemo and Moblin + Corrections

Posted Feb 18, 2010 18:48 UTC (Thu) by nim-nim (subscriber, #34454) [Link]

I'm not saying that Fedora was not used to seed Moblin, but Moblin never committed to keep in sync with Fedora and last I've seen the changes that occurred Fedora-side after this seeding were never pulled Moblin-side.

(more the pity since Moblin forked Fedora early in a cycle when stuff was far from stabilized)


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