Linked by David Adams on Wed 16th Jun 2010 18:44 UTC, submitted by Jonathan DePrizio
Linux Canonical recently announced that they are developing a tablet version of their popular Ubuntu operating system, slated to be released in 2011. This comes hot on the heels of the release of the Apple iPad, and the rumors that HP plans to release a WebOS-based tablet sometime late 2010. However, Canonical's foray into the tablet arena is fundamentally different from both the iPad and a WebOS tablet, and unfortunately reeks of a company failing to learn from their competitors successes and failures.
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I've used two of Nokia's Maemo pocket tablets (N770 and N800), and currently use their tablet smartphone (N900). Very nice devices, and I have enjoyed them all, but Maemo never quite achieved the polish needed for the mainstream (although N900 was *almost* there).

Meego looks promising, if Intel and Nokia can execute. They have the advantage of an exceptionally mature framework in QT 4, and a wide target market in "pocketables" (smartphones and tablets), netbooks, in-vehicle, smart TVs, and media phones - with dozens of corporate partners to provide the hardware and marketing muscle.

Creating targeted experiences for each device class, while maintaining application portability, is a worthy goal as well.

It's always easier to fail than to succeed, but I believe they have a shot. Meego 1.0 met my expectations. Keep pressing.

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