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MeeGo on the N900 officially targeted by Nokia

Exciting news. Jukka Eklund, Product Manager at Nokia, just announced that Nokia will be officially directing efforts towards supporting MeeGo on the N900 as Developer Edition.  For this purpose, there would be a dedicated team within Nokia who will bring full MeeGo support on the N900.

Up to now, getting MeeGo up and running on the N900, was done by the N900 Hardware Adaption team, whose progress has been slow and steady. But now with the support from Nokia, this should change very quickly. The Developer Edition effort will build upon the outstanding work of the N900 Hardware Adaptation team and bring it to point where it is “really usable as your developement device” with some key features running in “perfect” condition. And the most notable point about this effort is that it is going to be done in the open and documented on the wiki.

This should be great news to all who have been waiting patiently for a fully functional and usable version of MeeGo on the N900. If you can help, jump in!

Here is the entire text of Jukka’s email to the MeeGo-Dev list:

From: <jukka.eklund@nokia.com>
Sender: meego-dev-bounces@meego.com
Date: Thu, 3 Mar 2011 13:36:19
To: <meego-dev@meego.com>
Subject: [MeeGo-dev] Announcing MeeGo 1.2 Developer Edition for N900

Hi there,

I am thrilled to announce a little thing we started at Nokia. Basically we want to have MeeGo running in N900 device, so that it’s really usable as your daily development device. Basic Handset UX should work, phone calls, SMS, web browsing. So we are concentrating on a few selected features and polish those to be “perfect”. It might mean that we leave out some things in MeeGo 1.2 trunk for this edition, but that is not the default intention.

We are doing this fully on the open, and I hope this is an interesting project where we all in the community work towards the same goal: have a great MeeGo edition in the N900. This work is naturally based on the great work done already by N900 adaptation team lead by Harri and Carsten.

The wiki is up here: http://wiki.meego.com/ARM/N900/DeveloperEdition. It will populated with more information as we go, thanks for the patience.


Jukka Developer Edition product manager
IRC: jukka

Categories: Maemo, Meego, N900
  1. Lucius
    March 3, 2011 at 4:03 pm

    Thanks! First time, good news since Feb/11.

  2. March 3, 2011 at 6:15 pm

    Sorry, but so what? As an N900 user, the developments I’m watching are to do with the Maemo Community SSU.

    • March 3, 2011 at 6:26 pm

      Right, as a user, you may be disappointed. But this is good news from a developer’s perspective. It will allow the N900 to use the cutting edge of MeeGo 1.2 along with Qt goodness scheduled to be release mid-year. So by any measure, this a commendable move by Nokia.

  3. Divan Santana
    March 3, 2011 at 6:22 pm

    Wahoo, wahoo can’t wait. Hopefully Nokia will do very well with Meego 🙂

  4. March 3, 2011 at 6:58 pm

    This is good news for all those people that have the N900.. i can’t wait to try it out.

  5. seidhe
    March 3, 2011 at 8:20 pm

    good news

  6. Travla
    March 3, 2011 at 8:48 pm

    Great news, it shows commitment to a great phone, maybe some people in Nokia didn’t realise how close they came with Maemo 5 and are keen to make amends.

  7. March 3, 2011 at 8:58 pm

    Thanks a lot for that, it’s good to hear positive announcements on openness and MeeGo from Nokia! Kudos to everyone at Nokia believing in bringing the open world forward and bringing their developers and the great outside community together to build great stuff – this is what I call “connecting people”! 😉

    • March 3, 2011 at 9:33 pm

      fully agree. Its a big step in the right direction; especially after the “Deal”.

      We may see some proprietary drivers being opened up for the benefit of developers, and ultimately users in the long run.

      Long live the N900! 🙂

  8. sparkyERTW
    March 3, 2011 at 9:41 pm

    I really like what I’m hearing in their Target section. The one concern I do have is the wording in the use cases section: “Browser User over WLAN”. Is this meant to suggest that GPRS data use is not going to be considered a basic use case? Not sure I’d call it “usable as a primary phone device” if GPRS data use is wonky.

    • sparkyERTW
      March 3, 2011 at 9:46 pm

      Nevermind, I just looked at the daily QA test cases; it looks like it’s covered

  9. Ian Bugeja
    March 3, 2011 at 10:38 pm

    Well done…. if Nokia want the N950 to succeed then they will want that when it gets released there are plenty of applications ready to be consumed.

    The solution for this is simple …get MeeGo on the N900 and the community / developers will do the job,

    • matthew
      March 3, 2011 at 11:53 pm

      errr… the community/developers have been leaving in droves since Nokia gave them the middle finger.

      if they’re hoping that the community will prop them up after being spit on like they have, they are sorely mistaken.

  10. March 3, 2011 at 10:56 pm

    That’s really great news, here’s to hoping it is fully usable. Next, on the wish list (apart from Elop going back in time and changing his mind) is Flash 10.1 but maybe we’ll get that via MeeGo.

  11. March 3, 2011 at 11:26 pm

    great great great!! nice move..i hope we will get a meego for n900 that runs fast and smoothieee 😉 keep it up nokia!

  12. matthew
    March 3, 2011 at 11:58 pm

    It seems to me that this is completely separate from MeeGo/Harmattan, which is/was to feature the Nokia-specific interface. It looks like MeeGo Dev Edition will be a lot like the MeeGo we’ve already had on the N900 for months, but maybe a little snappier.

    In any case, it seems like this is just an example of Nokia trying to regain some of the good will of the developers that feel slighted by the WP7 debacle. I highly doubt this will go very far to convince the Maemo community that Nokia is suddenly trustworthy again. That ship, sadly, has sailed.

    • March 4, 2011 at 2:40 am

      Yes. The Dev Edition will be the MeeGo we can currently boot on the N900 with better support for hardware and performance. The MeeGo/Harmattan device will most likely be the rumoured N950.

      As for Maemo, counting on Nokia for support would be naive. I don’t think its a matter of trusting Nokia or not. With WP7 and MeeGo in the picture, there is little benefit for Nokia to continue to pour resources into Maemo.

      The Maemo community should start looking for ways to sustain itself. The CSSU is big leap forward. And going by the things being discussed on the lists, there is already talk about a war-chest and suggestions to request opening-the-source/licensing-changes of the closed components. The next Council would be shouldering a comparatively bigger set of responsibilities to determine the best course ahead. Let’s hope for the best!

      • matthew
        March 4, 2011 at 4:44 pm

        >As for Maemo, counting on Nokia for support would be naive.

        I guess I didn’t do the best job of explaining what I meant. What I was trying to say was that the dev community that made Maemo great doesn’t seem that interested in helping out with MeeGo, given Nokia’s change in direction.

  13. sajeev
    March 4, 2011 at 10:33 am

    finally Nokia took good decision here. I love my n900 as it is an amusing technology and Meamo is also good but because was no more support form Nokia so this phone was dead but now I am very exiting based on above thread

  14. djszapi
    March 4, 2011 at 12:57 pm

    Quite frankly, it is a bare minimum from Nokia to stick by the customers and I am not gonna glorify them for this decision. I think more like Nokia stepped one back into the right direction, but it should have been the default from the beginning…

  15. March 4, 2011 at 1:03 pm

    very happy news!

    brazilian users will be happy!


  16. Jean-paul
    March 4, 2011 at 1:27 pm

    great news – i hope thisis the start of a dual strategy by Nokia – W7 and Meego

    it is the only way that nokia will not be reduced to a weak supplier in the future. I would suggest once this is done that some marketing budget is put behind it

  17. March 4, 2011 at 3:13 pm

    Thanks all! It seems most of you got the point right: We are not going to have full product-quality SW that could replace the Maemo 5 for end-users. But we will fine-tune the MeeGo for N900, so that it’s a stable platform for further development with the leading edge Linux distribution that is MeeGo.

    • djszapi
      March 4, 2011 at 8:59 pm

      Let us see also some weeks, months later …

  18. March 4, 2011 at 3:21 pm

    PS. Can you correct spelling of my name, thanks.

  19. jose
    March 4, 2011 at 4:20 pm

    pa isto é uma grande noticia

  20. Pete
    March 4, 2011 at 8:08 pm

    Heyyy.. please add MMS to Meego.. I know there’s fmms, but its usability is not even close to built-in features.

  21. T20
    March 6, 2011 at 4:22 am

    Next smart phone battle will happen in the area who brings the first multi-mode and multi-function (2G, 3G, LTE & N-series WLAN, TV remote ) LTE – Smart phones to market. Phone customers do not care about the OS, they will love the new speed and multi-connectivity !

    Phone customers need speed and visual feelings in using the new SMART phones for surfing and having the allways-on desktop gadgets visible. Absolute mandatory is also the capability for removable HD/SD media storage (for music and movies) and wireless connectivity to NAS storages at home and office. I also need the VOIP client and inter-operable mainstream chat clients. Additionally I would like to have new applications that control my big screen TV (smart phone virtual desktop) and offer touch screen mouse and the qwerty keyboard for internet surfing with THE TV through my smart phone device !

    TVs are currently too closed environments (no wireless keyboard and no wireless mouse, very closed ecosystem battle), but they have the connectivity from display perspective. Do the extended virtual screen to smart phone and let me surf on the big extended screen.

    Managing the SW packages is also important in N9xx. Where is the “synaptic” package manager, where is the “ubunty” SW center equivalents for N9xx ?

    Mainstream Customers do not understand a lot of technology, but they know which brand is the fore-runner in technology, speed, usability and visual WOWs.

    I just hope, that the next gen 9XX would have at least a fraction of the wishes and WOWs built in it and the rest in the release ROADMAP !

    Lets put the inno-rocket back on track !

  22. patryk
    March 7, 2011 at 10:55 am

    Great News! MeeGo go go go !!!

  23. Wes
    March 7, 2011 at 10:06 pm

    Not sure I really care by this stage.. promise after promise being dropped to the floor, then ‘the deal’.. I’m sure Meego will be a fizzle. And besides, ‘eww rpm’. Seems a whole lot of trouble for no real benefit. I mean, at the very least, HOW ANNOYING have all the API changes been for developers up until now? Write something for maemo4 WHOOPS it’s dead port to maemo5.. WHOOPS need to port to Qt now.. WHOOPS need to port to a newer Qt now.. WHOOPS now we need to port to meego.. WHOOPS need to port to whatever is being released midyear. Isn’t everyone sick of it by now?

    • Wes
      March 7, 2011 at 10:11 pm

      And the ironic part is Nokia has apparently been trying very hard to *prevent* the repeated porting cycles. Qt was meant to solve that!

  24. Wes
    March 8, 2011 at 1:43 am

    Actually, since walking away and having a think about it for a while, I’ve come to the conclusion that this announcement is more of an insult than anything. Nokia’s promised us so much since the start and haven’t delivered on any of it. Instead of promising Meego on the n900, how about giving us the 3g video calling you’ve promised since day 1? We paid for that front-facing camera in our devices for nothing. And how about something as basic as MMS? We have to resort to using a 3rd party, not-well integrated or user friendly app to do something that even the most basic phone can perform. Time and again Nokia has flat-out lied to us and now with ‘the deal’ it’s likely these things will NEVER happen. I’m sick of it. As much as I love my n900 and think it’s best phone-in-a-computer ever, I’m never trusting or buying Nokia again. Keep your stupid Meego, I don’t want it.

    Just to clarify, this isn’t aimed at the devs and engineers, who in my mind have done excellent work. This is aimed at the inept management who keep screwing over Nokia’s userbase in order to shave a few extra dollars. You guys have been driving Nokia into the ground for years and this is just the last dying thrash of a company who made itself irrelevant.

  25. Aitor
    March 8, 2011 at 11:24 am

    I really have to mostly agree with Wes.

    This is not a way of treating users, Nokia. A year ago, this would have made my day. Today, I just want to use my N900 the way I have forced myself to love it, finding my way, tweaking every bit I can and getting used to its strenghts and flaws.

    Putting a small development team to work at an underdeveloped/capped version of what should have been Nokia’s big OS flagship to bring to a year and a half hardware (still very capable, though) some SW that will perform worse than currently available PR 1.3 in behalf of a potentially usable OS on a device which has not been yet anounced just sucks. Using an already laughed at community for testing sucks even more and finishes the picture.

    I know the intentions are the best, and the development team that will be carrying out the project is not guilty of any of this. Maybe this is not even the place for complaining, but hey. Shame on you, Nokia.

    I will follow the evolution of this, though. Because I love my N900.


  26. Maemo-man
    March 8, 2011 at 4:12 pm

    Ja vittu, minähän en Maemosta luovu, kyllä perkele näin on! I will not leave Maemo, it´s great and working well.

  27. Max
    March 8, 2011 at 4:42 pm

    Hey I am no SW developer but I hope someone can come up with a good bridge between Meego and PC, I have problem managing Conversation (Business) on my N900, My N900 takes ages to start for It has to run through thousands of conversation before all the icon pop up.

  28. Steve
    April 8, 2011 at 10:32 am

    As Churchill was fond of saying, “too late.”

    When Nokia announced MeeGo they slapped N900 owners in the face by not supporting the device. It is outrageous that new device sales was more enticing than keeping supporting loyal customers.

    History makes it very clear that MeeGo buyers can expect the same treatment, dumped at the next Nokia vacillation.

    Thank goodness for Android.

  29. Loz
    April 19, 2011 at 1:07 am

    I agree with Steve… Ive supported nokia since the early 90’s in every handset Ive had has been a Nokia. Finaly they bring out a tablet I thought yes this is it..I even got another two friends on to the N900 theirs another £1000 Nokia for your kitty and what did we get?. Yep a slap in the face and a sweep kick to the legs!!! I find myself wondering is it even worth waiting for Meego? after all its not really developed for the N900… and by the time it get ironed out for the N900, Android phones will allow you to teleport like Mr Spok and the rest of the Star Ship Enterprise crew. So if you wanna get stuck in the past that’s all well and good. I intend to move with the future and Nokia anit it FACT. Some one above said Meamo would have been great if it portrait Properly…. Why the heck wasn’t that done from day1 on this thing. I’m only sorry Android don’t run on this handset properly because the hardware is good but hell the software open source or not is just a joke.. Nokia made me buy a phone and the said here you sort out the software… and I fell for it like a fool.. well give me another year with this hand set and Ill beholding anything but a Nokia.. oh and by the way for all of you that are sitting on the side thinking Nokia and Intel are so good for picking up the flag with Meego. lol this time next year Ill eat my hat if that software is released and working fully on the N900.


    • Steve
      April 21, 2011 at 9:14 pm

      Thanks for the support Loz. As it happens I am also in the market for a tablet but anything with Nokia stamped on it is not an option. I have grown to love my Nexus phones, purchased after dumping the N900.

      A tablet with Android really appeals because gmail, chat, kindle, Rebtel, Tripit etc etc etc will all work on the tablet.

      My Android love and loyalty was once owned by Nokia.

  30. April 26, 2011 at 7:20 am

    Maemi, NitDROID and now MEGOO haha, best phone ever

  31. Bashir Shah
    June 6, 2011 at 10:57 pm

    Looks like there will be no finished meego or finished android for n900.. development seems to have stalled since the announcement by Nokia to go with Windows phone 7…sigh.

  32. john
    August 13, 2011 at 5:36 pm

    after updating to the meego firmware please make it possible to use usb on the go function in n900 now a days it a must and for something like n900 its a must have function.

  33. Nitin Kushwaha
    January 3, 2012 at 9:31 am

    problem is that,
    by the time Meego works fully on N900,

    N900 wud be out of market..
    it is very late..
    In India, now u wont get this as it is out of stock, EOS by Nokia India.
    I donno abt other countries.

  34. george
    March 17, 2012 at 2:24 am

    Maemo 5 is long dead.
    Meego 1.2 also follow the path by now.
    N9? well replace by new WP7.5 Lumia 800 phone… dead too…

    wat next? Nokia? wat now?

  35. Loz
    March 17, 2012 at 4:04 am

    Ha nearly a year on since my last post here just above if you wanna take a look at my then rant…. And as I said then… Id eat my hat if nokia has Meego running fully on the N900.. and there you have it, nothing from a now nothing company. Thanks to the community the N900 limps on. But its an empty vessel. HEY NOKIA…. your ships sinking can you not see that?… Well let me help you… My son has not long bought a Lumia 2 months ago… Mmmmm nice phone was his words…2 months later… full of pictures and messages/contacts, he wants to carry his information around with him but worried about usb comming adrift… no memory card slot to backup too…come on Nokia… its not hard just get that right is it?..

    Look at Samsung, HTC, and even Blackberry…HaHa… steam rollering though your setup and you cant stop them…

    Samsung S2 Android is my next move…it flows… The N900 is great but sadly dead. And no matter what anyone does now… it will stay dead.. the world has moved on..and so has technology.


  36. Keijo Nuikka
    May 26, 2013 at 2:43 pm

    Kiinnostava juttu (siis muuttaa N900 Androidiksi? ) Kuinkahan tuo onnistuisi
    Jos kieli ei oikein hyvin taivu Englanniksi ?? Kiinnostusta kyllä olisi sattuu
    Meinaan olemaan yksi N900 toimii kyllä täysin Mutta on pikkaisen jäänyt
    viime aikoina Ainoastaan Navi ja kartta käyttöön.. Terv Keke

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