MeeGo (Netbook Operating System)

MeeGo is an open source, Linux operating system based on Moblin (by Intel) and Maemo (by Nokia). Its aim is to merge the efforts of Intel on Moblin and of Nokia on Maemo into one project. It is hosted by the Linux Foundation. According to Intel, MeeGo was developed because Microsoft did not offer comprehensive Windows 7 support for the Atom processor.

MeeGo is intended to run on a variety of hardware platforms including handhelds, in-car devices, netbooks and televisions.All platforms share the MeeGo core, with different “User Experience” (“UX”) layers for each type of device.

MeeGo provides support for both ARM and Intel x86 processors with SSSE3 enabled [6] and uses btrfs as the default file system.

MeeGo for netbooks comes in two versions: one with Google Chrome (closed source) and one with Chromium (open source). For a media player, MeeGo comes with Banshee 1.0 for MeeGo (which has just been released):

banshee meego 1.0 screenshot
(Banshee 1.0 for MeeGo)

As an email client, MeeGo is using Evolution Express, a new Evolution interface especially designed for small screens:

evolution express email client meego screenshot
(Evolution Express)

For VoIP, IM, and presence functionality, MeeGo uses Telepathy. Telepathy is a D-Bus based framework that unifies all supported protocols of real time communication, including, but not limited to, instant messaging, IRC, voice and video over IP, and cellular calls.

meego file manager screenshot
(Meego File Manager)

Other useful technical info: MeeGo uses BTRFS as the default filesystem (but you can use a different filesystem if you want), PackageKit for package management, Tracker for indexing, meta-data extraction, and search capabilities for a variety of data types, including media files, and documents and PulseAudio for the sound.

meego network screenshot
(MeeGo Network Panel)

ConnMan (which is sponsored by both Intel and Nokia) is used for connection management - application which Ubuntu will also use for its 10.10 Netbook Edition, as well as Telephony APIs (oFono) for telephony services.

Users who want to download it themselves can obtain the disk image from the MeeGo website. For additional details, see the official release announcement and release notes.


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