Intel's MeeGo To Expand To Notebooks And Desktops: What's Next For The Linux OS? - HotHardware
Intel's MeeGo To Expand To Notebooks And Desktops: What's Next For The Linux OS?

Intel's MeeGo To Expand To Notebooks And Desktops: What's Next For The Linux OS?

MeeGo. YouGo. WeGo. But where does MeeGo...go? Confusion aside, there's word on the street that Intel's new MeeGo (which was the end product when Nokia's Maemo and Intel's Moblin were combined) could be destined for more than it was originally intended for. Or maybe we just all got the wrong idea from the start. Initially, MeeGo was setup to fit on MIDs, UMPCs, and possibly even Tablet PCs or Slate PCs. It was a lightweight operating system; something that could go on a pocket device that would last 6-12 hours on a charge, yet not be responsible for handling heavy-duty chores such as video editing and such.

According to a company executive this week, though, there will eventually be a version of MeeGo that supports "mainstream laptops and desktops," which is bold, brave move in every regard. Only Apple and Google have thus far dared to step to Microsoft in the desktop/notebook OS space, with OS X having less than 10% of global market share and Chrome OS still in development. For Intel to come forward and confess that they will be bringing yet another Linux-based system into the fold is downright shocking.



To date, no version of Linux has managed to catch on with the mainstream public. It's widely used in enterprise and Web hosting, but hardly ever in homes. MeeGo, however, could be the Linux build that actually has a change. If kept simple, consumers may bite, particularly if this launches first on Intel-based netbooks. The good thing about having Intel being this OS is that the company is likely to make sure things remain compatible; many printers, GPUs, etc. aren't compatible with many Linux operating systems, but with Intel behind MeeGo, we bet many of those issues vanish.

Doug Fisher, vice president of the software and services group at Intel, confirmed that the company plans to "release an edition of Meego for entry-level desktops that will also work with mainstream laptops and desktops running on Intel's faster Core processors," but no specific launch date was given. Another thing to consider here is that MeeGo is obviously flexible; there may end up being a MeeGo for tablets, a MeeGo for MIDs, a MeeGo for set-top boxes and a MeeGo for notebooks. MeeGo everywhere? Maybe.
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«To date, no version of Linux has managed to catch on with the mainstream public. It's widely used in enterprise and Web hosting, but hardly ever in homes.» To me, this sounds like false propaganda from our friends at Microsoft, at least as regards netbooks ; according to this article from Computer World (http://preview.tinyurl.com/yl5jn87 ), some 32 % of netbooks «on track to ship [in 2009]» had en Linux distro installed, while 68 % had a Windows version. A large proportion of these must certainly be included in the category of computers used «in homes». Meego will be a welcome addition to this group, but if, as I believe, a 32 % share of the market cannot be dismissed as «hardly ever», the resulting change in the market will be quantitive, rather than qualitative....

Henri

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I gotta agree with Henri. I think there are more Linux users than the experts suggest - the problem is that it's hard to count them since there's no centralized sales figure and distros can be freely copied/distributed even by end users.

Recently, Ubuntu made what I consider a very conservative guess that they have 12 million users (based on updates from repos), and Fedora made the way high (in my opinion) guess that they have 24 million users. If you were to consider Debian, Suse, Mint, Mandriva, PCLinuxOS, Gentoo, etc. users on top of those, you'd probably get a number that compares pretty well against the total number of people that have moved to Win7.

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This would prove interesting if netbooks or Tablets had a cell phone feature and Bluetooth!

Till then it sounds like they are just trying to get a jump on Android.

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I want to see adaptation of Linux take off and in a big way. If I could game on a Linux the same way I can with my windows boxes then I would drop Microsoft like a hot rock. Considering how they screwed the world with some of their OS releases over the years, (Vista, Windows Me, etc.....) and never made it good with us, (owners of Vista should have been upgraded to Win7 for free or very little) if they want loyalty they can buy a dog.

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