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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RE: Meego will go the way of BeOS.
by Morgan on Tue 10th Jul 2012 00:40 UTC in reply to "Meego will go the way of BeOS."
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It helps to know what you are talking about, you know. Lack of mainstream apps was only a small part of what took the company down. The built in apps alone were better than the third-party-only alternatives for Windows. There was a much wider selection of feature-complete, professional quality apps for BeOS than for GNU/Linux at the time, where everything was still at version .001 back then. Granted, the Linux devs' focus wasn't on mainstream desktop computing in that era, but Red Hat and Corel were working to change that.

No, it was a combination of Hitachi and Compaq being bullied out of loading the OS onto their machines by Microsoft, and Jean-Louis Gassée's greed, that ended Be's existence.

As for MeeGo, there is a wealth of apps from the FOSS world that are a recompile/repackage away. I certainly never had an issue finding the right apps when I ran MeeGo on my netbook.

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l3v1 Member since:

Lack of mainstream apps was only a small part

Well, for me it was not a question of apps. I really liked/like the N9, my problem with it still is that even today I'd have to pay around 380 Euros to buy one here unlocked, and around 300 Euros with a 2 year contract (well, to be correct, there'd be one for 60 Euros with a 2 year contract but with a monthly fee of 58 Euros). So come on. I mean my current Android phone was 30 Euros with 10 Euro/month fee with a 2 year contract. I also like Aston Martins, but I live from a salary you know.

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Morgan Member since:

I'm right there with you. I had saved up for a couple of months for that N900 I had back in 2011, and within a month of using it I was crestfallen to find that the constant network issues due to T-Mobile USA were making it unusable.

If I wanted to change phones right now, my options would be to pay the $250 ETF to get out of my contract early and pay another $200 to start a new contract with a discounted phone, or else buy a phone outright. The only phone I would consider right now is a Nexus (and that's with some strong reservations about Android's reliability), and it's nearly $500 without a contract discount.

Yeah, I'm keeping this one for a while.

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sicofante Member since:

Where do you live? Are those 380 for the 64GB model? That's a very good price...

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moondevil Member since:

I remember trying out BeOS R5 (still have the CD), and being disappointed with the applications available.

Sure the operating system was nice, but even the Amiga had better multimedia software at the time.

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