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Getting Started with MeeGo

Feb 11, 2011, 06:04 (4 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Nathan Willis)

"The MeeGo project is about to celebrate its first birthday, but there may still be Linux and open source developers who aren't quite sure how it relates to other Linux-based distributions for tablets, netbooks, or phones — like Android, Chrome OS, or the netbook remixes of popular desktop distros. MeeGo takes a different approach, aiming to be a vendor-neutral Linux platform for a variety of devices. If you're a developer, that is a key distinction, because it means it is easier to get started writing or porting apps to MeeGo, even digging in to the platform itself.

"The Bird's-Eye View

"At its essence, MeeGo is a collaboratively-developed Linux OS designed for use on non-PC consumer computing devices. That means MeeGo is not intended to run on typical desktop systems or servers, which are already well-served by existing distros. But it is meant to replace the roll-your-own approach taken by most consumer electronics OEMs that want to build a product around Linux.

"Moreover, the project aims to deliver a standardized Linux platform that OEMs can build real products around, but to keep that platform as close as possible to the upstream projects and "standard" Linux distributions. That simplifies the work for the product-maker, prevents fragmentation, and makes life easier for app developers as well."

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