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N9 and MeeGo

Written by Guillermo Garron .
Date: 2011-07-10 14:50:09 -0400

My brother bought a Nokia N900 some months ago, and I loved the Linux support, being a Linux fan, I just love how you can get into the terminal window with no need to add apps, or anything.

Now I'm exited to read that Nokia will release a MeeGo phone, the N9 one.

MeeGo from Wikipedia:

MeeGo is a Linux-based open source mobile operating system project. Primarily targeted at mobile devices and information appliances in the consumer electronics market, MeeGo is designed to act as an operating system for hardware platforms such as netbooks, entry-level desktops, nettops, tablet computers, mobile computing and communications devices, in-vehicle infotainment devices, SmartTV / ConnectedTV, IPTV-boxes, smart phones, and other embedded systems. MeeGo is today hosted by the Linux Foundation

I've read a nice review at Gsmarena, and what it says at the end is:

We would kill for a little more time with the Nokia N9. We would've liked to feast our eyes on the gorgeous AMOLED screen and handle the impressively sleek unibody just a little bit more. What we don’t need is further proof of the MeeGo and N9's great potential. It's good to know Nokia hasn't run out of fresh ideas as we were starting to fear recently. There is plenty of innovation in terms of both hardware and software in the Nokia N9. The non-painted solid unibody, the top-notch AMOLED, the cool swipe gestures and the unmatched multitasking are just some of the features adding to the N9 hype. It's now up to Nokia to capitalize on that and help MeeGo make the leap from a hot prospect to a serious source of income. It won't be easy as they will need to get the attention of developers and fill the few remaining gaps in functionality before they can even begin to catch up. Let's hope that Symbian has helped Nokia learn a lesson and this project will be better managed. The Nokia N9 is just too hot to be left to gather dust on the shelves. And we are really hoping that Nokia won't ditch it in the gutter after it serves its role of a transition period high-end product, but will try and build on it.

We know about the Nokia, Microsoft deal but I really hope to see some phone using a real Open Source OS, specially considering that no matter how many people says it is, Android is not Linux

I really do not understand why MeeGo is not used by Samsung or LG or other phones manufacturers, and why they have focussed only on Android.

I think MeeGo needs some support from the big ones in order to be taken to the next stage.

Maybe the N9 is that impulse that MeeGo needs, hopefully others will "join the party" later.

At least IMHO the world really needs at least one open source platforms in the mobile arena, just like there is Linux for the PCs and Laptops area.

What do you think, is there an opportunity for MeeGo?, or is it too late for it?


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