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MeeGo Put To Rest; Linux-based Tizen Born

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MeeGo – the Intel backed Linux OS that, well, no-one ever really used – has finally been put to rest.


Replacing it, and using much of its code, is the newly-announced Linux project ‘Tizen’ which already boasts Samsung and Intel amongst its early backers.

Billed as an “…open source platform designed to address the future of HTML5-based applications across a variety of device types”, Tizen will be aimed at everything from set-top boxes to mobile phones, with Desktops, Netbooks and Tablets also being fair game.

The first release of Tizen is currently scheduled for an early 2012 release.

Tizen: This Time It Will Totally Work. Seriously 

Announcing the news on the Linux Foundation blog, the organisation’s executive director Jim Zemlin remained upbeat about the legacy of MeeGo in the wake of Tizen, saying: –

“While Meego will remain a project at The Linux Foundation, we see industry leaders lining up behind Tizen. There has been a lot of great work done in the Meego project, and we are pleased to see that code carried over to Tizen.”

“Of course Meego is open source, so if there is an itch to scratch best served by its code and community, developers are welcome to participate.”

MeeGo – Will it be missed?

The announcement of Tizen comes a single day after Nokia began shipping its MeeGo sporting N9 device to retailers. Odd timing, but perhaps best for MeeGo: The N9 has received a slew of positive reviews.

MeeGo on netbooks never really caught on, with barely a handful of devices ever coming pre-loading with the user-friendly OS.

In short, MeeGo isn’t really going anywhere: the developers and attention formerly lavished upon it will now switch to Tizen.

Sub-heading curtesy of ConsciousUser; image via hhedberg

Via Phoronix