Linked by David Adams on Tue 28th Sep 2010 21:58 UTC
Fedora Core The Fedora 14 Beta was released today, but as a Network World article points out, it "will be the first Red Hat supported distribution to let users choose MeeGo as their desktop." This new release will also include the Sugar interface, intended for netbooks, and "will also be the first version to fully incorporate Red Hat's VDI (virtual desktop infrastructure), called SPICE, or Simple Protocol for Independent Computing Environments. SPICE will allow Fedora to host virtual desktops that can be accessed over a network."
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Touch UI must be recoded in QT4
by ricegf on Wed 29th Sep 2010 10:25 UTC in reply to "Comment by Radio"
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Well, that's kind of the point of MeeGo, isn't it? Not to take existing apps off the shelf and plop them on a tablet, which worked so well for Windows over the past 5 years [/sarcasm], but to code up touch interfaces in QT4 for apps and release them as MeeGo apps.

It's the only sane approach to touch applications.

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Radio Member since:

Yes. But how will that articulate with Fedora and OpenSUSE also implementing MeeGo ? Will the MeeGo repositories be accessible? Will the apps be compatible despite the differences in implementation and library versions? Or will we have completely different ecosystems between the "official" netbook MeeGo (managed by Intel?) and others?

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ricegf Member since:

Woah, we seem to have veered from the tablet UX to the netbook UX in your comment. Let me straighten my glasses. Ok, ready. ;-)

Intel's ecosystem for netbooks is called AppUp, which supports both Windows and Meego (and legacy Moblin). It's reasonable to assume that a different Linux distro using the Meego UX on x86 processors such as Atom would support both AppUp and the native distro repository, similar to how Ubuntu has for years supported both Universe and the (not terribly well-known) click-n-run warehouse.

Back to touch apps - smartphones and tablets generally get their apps from the operating system's app store, so for Meego that's probably Nokia's Ovi store. A tablet running (say) Ubuntu with Meego UX would probably support both Ovi and Universe, just as Maemo on N900 supports both Ovi and the native Maemo repository.

In both cases, though, Meego is far more open than iOS or even Android. You can load any apps you want from any source. App stores and repositories just make it much simpler for "normal" people. :-)

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