Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 9th Jul 2012 22:05 UTC, submitted by Mbg
PDAs, Cellphones, Wireless Sorry for the delay in writing a story about this, but here we finally are: Nokia's MeeGo (or Maemo or whatever it's called this hour) is getting its successor. Yes, MeeGo, the short-lived but beloved platform running on the unicorn phone, the Nokia N9, will continue onwards in a slightly different form. Its new home? Jolla - a company formed by former Nokia chief operating officer Marc Dillon, who was the principal engineer for MeeGo/Maemo at Nokia since 2006.
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I'm glad, but....
by gan17 on Tue 10th Jul 2012 00:44 UTC
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Just copy-pasting what I wrote on another forum/site...

Currently run Android on a Galaxy Nexus, but I still have my black N9. Personally, I think Meego-Harmattan is/was the most elegant and natural feeling of all the smartphone operating systems, so I was glad hearing this bit of news about Jolla Ltd the other day.

It's gonna be a struggle, though. Meego is open source, but as far as I know, the "Harmattan" half of it is still property of Nokia. This probably means (unless I'm mistaken) that the Jolla guys won't have rights to the Swipe-UI, an integral part of Meego-Harmattan, and the most beautiful feature of the N9, in my opinion.

There's also the entire matter of getting developers and investors on-board. If, as rumored, they're leveraging the work done on Meego and the Mer Project, then their foundations are pretty good ones I think; Linux, no VM, QT/QML and HTML5, proper package management, etc. Developing on them should be way less cumbersome than it is to develop for Android. Problem is integration and marketing. The N9 had great native apps, and some good samaritans made sure to contribute third-party apps whenever they could, but most developers in the mobile space (especially those that cater to enterprise) will want to monetize their wares somehow. For that to happen, they either need to see significant market penetration or money up front, I assume.

Then there's the issue of hardware. Open development and a FOSS software stack are one thing, but convincing chipset OEMs to release specs and documentation is just as hard today as it was during the MS dominated desktop era. In fact, it's probably harder than ever thanks to humanity-phobics like Nvidia and Broadcom having significant presence in the mobile arena. Licensing issues will also go some way in hampering the project, the vultures/lawyers will make sure of it. And then, if/when they finally release a Jolla powered handset, it'll be a case of surviving the patent wars and pressure from various carriers.

Don't get me wrong. As a Linux and BSD user, I really want truly open, non-bastardized platforms like Jolla and Firefox OS to succeed (will definitely throw some money if I see them on Kickstarter), but I have a habit of jinxing stuff I'm enthused about (WebOS, Playbook, Cosworth engines, hub-center steering), so I'll keep my expectations in check till we see something more concrete.

Nonetheless, best of luck to the Jolla team.

Edited 2012-07-10 00:52 UTC

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