"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
"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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