Linked by David Adams on Fri 20th Apr 2012 01:29 UTC, submitted by amoldan
Intel "Intel announced that Lava International, a cell phone company in India, has launched the XOLO X900. The device will launch on April 23 in India and will be sold through Croma, a big retail chain in India. XOLO X900 features a 1.6GHz Atom Z2460 (a.k.a. Medfield) with Intel Hyper Threading Technology, 400 MHz graphics, a 4-inch 1024x600 display, full 1080p HD video encoding and playback, a 1-megapixel camera up front, an 8-megapixel camera in the back, and support for HSPA+ 3G connectivity. The phone will ship with Android Gingerbread but Intel is already promising an OTA update to Ice Cream Sandwich. The phone is priced around INR 22000 (around USD 425)."
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Questions: How would you rate MeeGo compared to some of the embedded Linux OSes for netbooks like Expressgate/SplashTop?


I haven't used those two, though my HP Mini does include HP's QuickWeb based in part on SplashTop. I absolutely detest QuickWeb and it's the first thing I delete when I reinstall WinXP from the original disc set.

How is the boot time?


About on par with Windows, just over 30 seconds. In contrast, QuickWeb is a misnomer, that pile of garbage takes about 10 seconds to see the GUI but another 15-20 seconds to be operable. I may as well just boot into Windows if those two are all I have on the device. Since I've installed MeeGo I haven't missed Windows (more on that later).

app support?


While I haven't messed around with other repositories, it uses an RPM compatible package manager that is nearly as easy to use as apt-get or Pacman on the command line. There is also a GUI front end that is based on Gnome-PackageKit. It works but is slow compared to the command prompt.

There isn't a whole lot of software in the default repos but all the basic PIM stuff is there, and I was surprised to see that there isn't even a stripped down office suite like Gnome Office. I think AbiWord and Gnumeric are a great fit for a netbook; I used them extensively under Lubuntu as LibreOffice is just a tad bloated for the little laptop.

The OS has integrated support for Facebook, SmugMug and several third party Sync services including Google Sync. If you use Gmail and Google Calendar, you just have to put in your username and password and it syncs all of your email, contacts and calendar entries to a stripped down version of Evolution.

EDIT: One more thing. Unless you are opposed to using it, you should definitely get the version that ships with the Chromium web browser installed. It's very nimble and integrates well with the OS, especially once you've installed the latest updates.

Do you dual boot and if so how hard was it to set up?


I don't right now, though I may set it up if I feel the need to go back into Windows. So far I'm not missing any functionality, and I certainly don't miss being bugged by MSE to run a virus scan. One thing: I thought I told the installer to add the Windows partition to a boot menu, but I must have either not clicked something, or else found a bug in the installer. I don't actually have a boot menu present; it boots directly into MeeGo. It's an easy fix of course, I just haven't bothered yet.

How about drivers, how stable are they?


So far everything works out of the box except WiFi, and that is because of the Linux-hating Broadcom BCM4312 adapter I have. It's a simple matter of connecting an ethernet cable, installing a couple of development tools and the kernel headers, compiling and building an RPM and installing it. Now, I said "simple" but that doesn't mean I was happy with having to do it! I detest Broadcom for things like that and I am tempted to seek out an Atheros or RaLink card with full Linux support in the future.

I will say too, this is the ONLY Linux OS to fully support my netbook's clickpad! If you're not familiar, it is similar to Apple's buttonless trackpads, in that the entire pad is a physical,clickable button and there are button "zones" on the bottom edge of the pad. The clickpad supports multitouch gestures under Windows as well. Until MeeGo, I had not run across a Linux based OS that fully supported the multitouch gestures, button zones and proper two finger scrolling. Lubuntu and other Ubuntu derivatives use a kludge to get two finger clicking/scrolling but the button zones are ignored by those OSes.

Also, according to the MeeGo website there are some netbooks (Acer Aspire One comes to mind, also most older eeePCs) that are 100% supported out of the box.

Because while I have the EEE PC and love Expressgate (6 seconds cold boot and tons of apps) I'd love to find something similar for my customers with Atom based like the Dell mini 9.


I believe I read in the MeeGo forums that the Dell Mini 9 and 10/10v are well supported, with the only issue possibly being (again) a Broadcom wireless card.

Bottom line: If you are comfortable messing around with Linux under the hood (in case you have driver issues like mine), you really should give MeeGo a spin! I installed it using the Universal USB Installer to burn the .img to a 2GB SD card and booted from it. You can run live or install from the same image. It's a full GNU/Linux OS under the pretty interface, and the Terminal is already installed. With some tweaking and the developer tools provided by MeeGo/Tizen I bet you could whip up a custom image for your clients in no time at all!

It's definitely staying on my netbook, most likely as the only OS once I get around to copying my Windows documents over and deleting that OS.

As for TFA this is something I figured would happen sooner or later, as both Intel with atom and AMD with bobcat keep coming up with lower and lower powered chips while at the same time ARM seems to be sucking ever more power as it tries to get higher performance but in the end even low end Atom and Bobcat just stomps ARM when it comes to IPC. I wouldn't be surprised to see Intel and AMD splitting the mobile segment with ARM in the next two years as folks want their phones and tablets to do more and more stuff which ends up negating the whole point of ARM which was a simple design that sipped power.


Honestly, when it comes to mobile devices (including netbooks and tablets) I don't care who makes the processor or what architecture it uses. As long as it is affordable, runs fast and cool, and sips power I'm happy. AMD has always been my preference in desktop machines, and Intel in laptops, but I'd love to see an Intel powered phone with MeeGo/Tizen come to Sprint! I doubt it would ever happen, but on the odd chance it does when I'm ready for a new phone, I may just have to give Android a pass yet again.

Edited 2012-04-21 00:50 UTC

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