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Playing with MeeGo 1.0

Jun 23, 2010, 16:04 (0 Talkback[s])
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"The MeeGo project - the result of the merger between Moblin and Maemo - released version 1.0 of its core platform on May 25, accompanied by the first iteration of its "Netbook user experience." Your editor, who happens to have a netbook system sitting around, decided to give this release a try to see what has happened since the Moblin review written last November. While the overall feel of the system is quite similar, there has also been some real progress; MeeGo feels more like a finished product than Moblin did.

"The overall user interface concepts laid out by Moblin have not changed much in the merger with Maemo. There is still a home screen meant to provide access to recently-used activities, be they web pages or communications with others. The line of icons at the top still shows what the MeeGo developers think people will want to do with netbooks: talk to people, browse web pages, play music, etc. The quality of the graphics and animation have improved somewhat, but the basic interaction model is what Moblin had before.

"There is an interesting distinction between running an activity from the top icon bar and running an application. Applications run in "zones," which are essentially virtual desktops which hold one window each."

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