Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 24th Sep 2010 23:20 UTC
PDAs, Cellphones, Wireless Well, this certainly isn't particularly surprising. The rising popularity of Android leaves more victims in its wake than just Windows Mobile. Sony Ericsson, one of the major manufacturers of Symbian phones (other than Nokia) has just announced it will pretty much abandon the platform to focus entirely on Android - leaving Nokia as the sole person cheering for team Symbian.
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Meego also got Moblin's choice of package format. I'm not sure what other bits Meego pulls respectively from Maemo and Moblin. It will also have the QT app layer though so your Symbian and Maemo apps from the Ovi market will carry forward.

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Fettarme H-Milch Member since:

Meego also got Moblin's choice of package format.

Yes and no.
While it's true that MeeGo uses the same packaging format as Moblin, the reality is a bit more complex.
1.) Moblin has no own packaging format. Thus it's not from Moblin. MeeGo uses yum from Fedora for client-side package handling and Build Service from openSUSE for vendor-side package generation.

2.) If I understand Nokia's comments correct, Nokia's 1st generation MeeGo devices won't run actual MeeGo Handset but Debian-based Maemo 6 that just happens to be compatible with MeeGo's API/ABI. The comment I've read was that changing the base OS after MeeGo was announced, the roadmap would've been delayed. But as Build Service can -- with some additional configuration -- also generate .deb packages, developers won't have huge trouble. It could also be that Maemo 6 will ship with RPM tools. Nobody outside Nokia has seen their implementation, yet.

Overall it's still save to say that MeeGo Handset is Maemo 6. The packaging format is a minute detail that often gets blown out of proportions by trolls. The MeeGo developers found Build Service to be the best tool for package generation. Build Service is a little bit better at RPMs than DEBs. That's it.

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jabbotts Member since:

Good to hear details. The last look I had for any deeper explanation was the maemo forums right after the announcement and it was all over the place on the topic.

Outside of maemo, I think my personal issue is management tools more than package format. I spent a few days mucking with a broken mandriva install where I'd have been about fifteen minutes with debsum and aptitude to accomplish the same thing. A bit ironic considering that Mandriva was my distro of choice from Mandrake 4 until around Mandriva 2008.1 but such is the case.

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