Meego seems to be progressing well and all indications point to MeeGo having a strong future ahead. With the backing of the Linux Foundation, the list of industry supporters is long and growing; and so is developer interest of which the forums and mailing-lists are a good indicator.
Intel’s MeeGo Zone is a good complement to the growing official MeeGo portal and wiki. So, it is no surprise that the MeeGo Conference 2010 is attracting a lot of attention. It should be a fun event. If only I could afford it! I have registered however with a request for travel-assistance. A little help would be enough to make the trip to Dublin. Let’s see.
Anyway, I have started playing around with MeeGo a lot more lately. I was impressed with the sheer number of options available to get the MeeGo Handset image on the N900. So far, I have been successful with the external MMC option.
- download weekly image, unpack, copy to MMC
- download weekly kernel and load via USB using flasher -l
Took a while to boot, ran fine. No way to Switch-Off however.
The SDK setup was straight forward too.
- download and install qemugl for Ubuntu 10.04
- download SDK image, unpack and get blah.raw
- sudo modprobe kvm-intel
- qemugl_cmd.sh blah.raw
This worked great. The UI is smooth and the transitions are fast.
It was also nice to see Fennec all snappy with Flash. Check out the screencast.
With so many different industries involved, the applications possible under MeeGo will be much larger than what Maemo could have ever achieved. Smartphones, Netbooks, Cars, Kiosks – it will be huge.
Even though Nokia won’t officially provide MeeGo-Handset support for the N900, I have a good feeling that there would be enough for the community to fill in the gaps after the first prime-time release.