Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sat 22nd Oct 2011 22:24 UTC
PDAs, Cellphones, Wireless Remember back when Nokia jumped to Windows Phone 7, abandoning all other platforms and future directions? Remember Elop's infamous 'burning platform' memo was coveniently 'leaked' to the web? Remember how Elop claimed Windows Phone 7 was the only way forward, since nothing else inside the company would be ready for prime time soon enough? Remember how I thought this was a very good and sane decision? Well, the first reviews of what will be the only MeeGo handset from Nokia (the N9) are in, and well... To whoever decided to go WP7 and ditch MeeGo: I don't like you. To myself: I'm an idiot for arguing this was a good idea.
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to Thom
by kamil_chatrnuch on Sun 23rd Oct 2011 09:17 UTC
kamil_chatrnuch
Member since:
2005-07-07

1. linux (codename Meltemi) will live on in the low-end/feature phones, replacing the s40 operating system /fact/
http://bit.ly/oujz9O

2. the N9's "MeeGo Harmattan" is Nokia's "Maemo 6" linux os with a Meego compatibility layer /fact/

3. there's already an 1.1 sw update comming to N9 (reliability, performance, polish and features that slipped the schedule) and 1.2 update in the making (new features) /fact/
http://bit.ly/qWUCHe (see comments)

4. the UI (and QT) from N9 will live on on linux (most probably Meltemi) for low-end/feature phones /fact/
http://bit.ly/qWUCHe (see comments)

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RE: to Thom
by orsg on Sun 23rd Oct 2011 09:31 in reply to "to Thom"
orsg Member since:
2011-02-09

yet another linux-based mobile platform, that's exactly what the world has been waiting for...

seriously, why do they do this? this is added fragmentation, more headache for developers (and users), less apps, less success, and this problem is 100% homegrown and has no technological necessity at all!

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RE[2]: to Thom
by Schendstok on Sun 23rd Oct 2011 09:50 in reply to "RE: to Thom"
Schendstok Member since:
2009-01-20

I don't think calling this just another mobile linux operating system is doing it justice.

MeeGo really does do things a lot different from other Mobile linux OS-es. The Swipe interaction is the most obvious example, but also the use of the AMOLED screen in standby, and the multitasking focus I haven't seen in other distributions (Android/ bada/ WebOS) .
If you look at the frameworks used, it also is very different (debian based package manager, Qt UI framework, compcache etc. etc etc.).

And that is a very good thing! Nokia is experimenting and keeping an open mind, trying to re-imagine the Mobile phone, just like Apple did when it developed iPhone.
To me Maemo and MeeGo don't feel like iOS clones, Android does to a very large extent, and Bada OS most definitely does.

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RE[2]: to Thom
by dsmogor on Sun 23rd Oct 2011 21:05 in reply to "RE: to Thom"
dsmogor Member since:
2005-09-01

I wouldn't call it insignificant. It will be the ecosystem for the all the 99% people who can't afford to spend $500 on a gadget. And yes, they want apps too.

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RE: to Thom
by ptman on Sun 23rd Oct 2011 11:19 in reply to "to Thom"
ptman Member since:
2005-08-08

One thing to note with Meltemi is the name.

Meltemi is the name of a wind ( http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Etesian )
Harmattan is the name of a wind ( http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Harmattan )

All the maemo releases had winds as codenames ( http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Maemo#Naming )

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