MeeGo's last hurrah might just be Nokia
's N9. With support falling by the wayside every which way you look, folks have been wondering what would ever happen to an OS that had so much promise just a few years ago. Now, we might know. The lede was clearly buried in a press release from LiMo Foundation and the Linux Foundation, which announced a new open source software platform by the name of Tizen. But here's the kicker. While the OS is described as " a standards-based, cross-architecture software platform, which supports multiple device categories including smartphones, tablets, smart TVs, netbooks and in-vehicle infotainment systems," the interesting part is in the underpinnings.
Over on the MeeGo
blog, it's made clear that this project is what's "next" for MeeGo. The team there believes that HTML5 is the future, and they've stated that they are working hard to "make sure that users of MeeGo can easily transition to Tizen." According to the groups, Tizen combines open source technologies from LiMo and The Linux Foundation and adds a standards-based HTML5 and WAC web development environment within which device-independent applications can be produced efficiently for cross-platform deployment. This approach leverages the flexibility of HTML5 which is emerging as a preferred application environment for mobile applications and the broad carrier support of the Wholesale Applications Community (WAC). Tizen additionally carries a reference user interface enabling the creation of highly attractive and innovative user experience that can be further customized by operators and manufacturers.
The initial release of Tizen is targeted for Q1 2012, enabling first devices to come to market in mid-2012, and we're guessing that it'll supplant any further MeeGo news. So, do we pour one out now, or what?
LiMo Foundation and Linux Foundation Announce New Open Source Software Platform, Tizen(TM)
New Cross-Device and Cross-Architecture Platform Will Drive Standards-Based Web Applications
LONDON and SAN FRANCISCO, CA, Sep 28, 2011 (MARKETWIRE via COMTEX) --
LiMo Foundation(TM) and The Linux Foundation today announced a new open
source project, Tizen(TM), to develop a Linux-based device software
platform. Hosted at The Linux Foundation, Tizen is a standards-based,
cross-architecture software platform, which supports multiple device
categories including smartphones, tablets, smart TVs, netbooks and
in-vehicle infotainment systems. The initial release of Tizen is
targeted for Q1 2012, enabling first devices to come to market in
Tizen combines the best open source technologies from LiMo and The
Linux Foundation and adds a robust and flexible standards-based HTML5
and WAC web development environment within which device-independent
applications can be produced efficiently for unconstrained
cross-platform deployment. This approach leverages the robustness and
flexibility of HTML5 which is rapidly emerging as a preferred
application environment for mobile applications and the broad carrier
support of the Wholesale Applications Community (WAC). Tizen
additionally carries a state-of-the-art reference user interface
enabling the creation of highly attractive and innovative user
experience that can be further customized by operators and
"LiMo Foundation views Tizen as a well-timed step change which unites
major mobile Linux proponents within a renewed ecosystem with an open
web vision of application development which will help device vendors to
innovate through software and liberalize access to consumers for
developers and service providers," said Morgan Gillis, Executive
Director of LiMo Foundation. "LiMo will maintain its focus on providing
the industry with a broadly backed vendor- and service-neutral ecosystem
grounded in the spirit of open and unconstrained opportunity that is
embodied by Linux."
The mobile industry continues to embrace Linux and open source
technologies as key factors in lowering device realization cost,
increasing flexibility and improving time to market and it is expected
that Tizen will further enhance these effects due to its cross-category
reach and strong focus on open standards.
"The Linux Foundation is pleased to host the Tizen platform," said Jim
Zemlin, Executive Director of The Linux Foundation. "Open source
platforms such as Tizen are good for Linux as they further its adoption
across device categories. We look forward to collaborating with the LiMo
Foundation and its members on this project."
To participate in the project, please go to http://www.tizen.org.
About LiMo Foundation LiMo Foundation(TM) is a dedicated consortium of
mobile industry leaders working together within an open and transparent
governance model -- with shared leadership and shared decision making
-- to deliver an open and globally consistent handset software platform
based upon mobile Linux for use by the whole mobile industry. The Board
of LiMo Foundation comprises ACCESS, Panasonic Mobile Communications,
NEC CASIO Mobile Communications, NTT DOCOMO, Samsung, SK Telecom,
Telefonica and Vodafone. A full description of LiMo Foundation can be
found at www.limofoundation.org.
About The Linux Foundation The Linux Foundation is a nonprofit
consortium dedicated to fostering the growth of Linux. Founded in 2000,
the organization sponsors the work of Linux creator Linus Torvalds and
promotes, protects and advances the Linux operating system by marshaling
the resources of its members and the open source development community.
The Linux Foundation provides a neutral forum for collaboration and
education by hosting Linux conferences, including LinuxCon, and
generating original Linux research and content that advances the
understanding of the Linux platform. Its web properties, including
Linux.com, reach approximately two million people per month. The
organization also provides extensive Linux training opportunities that
feature the Linux kernel community's leading experts as instructors.
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The Linux Foundation and Tizen are trademarks of The Linux Foundation.
Linux is a trademark of Linus Torvalds. LiMo is a trademark of the LiMo