MeeGo finally dead, absolutely dead

Some people could not believe it that Nokia’s deal with Microsoft killed MeeGo, a promising Linux distribution for mobile devices, though it had been arguable to drop Maemo and not using Plasma Mobile. I hope they will now believe it: Even Intel is dropping MeeGo, Tizen is coming slowly, probably not providing a full featured GNU/Linux (why should it be like that, if everything is HTML5/JavaScript-focused), providing no more big benefit compared to Android, Necessitas is there, Tizle is not. There is finally obviously no more prospect for MeeGo, forget it. I hope the are chances for Free Software and KDE on Android, although that is not optimal, no full featured GNU/Linux and has an uncertain future because of Chrome OS, I currently do not see any alternative.

9 Responses to “MeeGo finally dead, absolutely dead”

  1. Darwin Says:

    I think it’s great news its dead. Survival of the fittest and all

  2. The User Says:

    Who is the fittest? Android? Well, MeeGo could have been awesome with Nokia, so many wasted opportunities.

  3. The Other User Says:


    2. So, MeeGo was renamed to Tizen and HTML5, which was already part of the core-platform of MeeGo, is the thingy now. Sounds similar to what was done with Windows 8; everything like before but HTML5 is there.

    3. How is it possible to draw the line from HTML5 to not GNU/Linux? I don’t get it.

  4. The User Says:

    @The Other User
    We will see, but when HTML 5 should be the core-component for the user interface, I doubt they will use common GNU/Linux ground like X, Qt or Gtk+.

    About the link: You really believe there will be vivid MeeGo development by Nokia? And who should develop stuff for a platform without any expected new hardware?

  5. Rsh Says:

    And since when should X be relevant on mobile platforms? X is just means to display the UI.

  6. The User Says:

    X is not a must have, but some infrastructure which makes it similiar to regular Linux distributions, e.g. Android has its own infrastructure for everything, making porting much harder.

  7. The Other User Says:

    @The User says

    “based on Linux”


    “For those who use native code in their applications, the Tizen SDK will include a native development kit.”

  8. The User Says:

    @The Other User
    Yes, I know, I have even mentioned that in the previous blog post. But you should know that “being based on Linux kernel”+“providing native access” does not make ports easily possible. How long has it taken to port Qt to Android? Huh? Compare it to the N900/Maemo, there it was of course much easier, because it was a full featured GNU/Linux. And the vast majority of Android apps is using their Java API, that means very few code reusage. Or webOS, that one is using the Linux kernel, too, but it is very incompatible to existing solutions, too. I hope you have finally got my point, I wonder if anybody is using Qt there.

  9. Jonas Lihnell Says:

    The name of the winds seems to be blowing towards an open platform for cheaper low-end devices. I couldn’t be more happy if Meltemi (read: maemo) would end up as nokia low-end to mid-end segment OS of choice, replacing S40. Less useless added crap I dont need in hardware, less cost, same great software.

    The only thing that looked promising about meego was QT, intel clearly move away from that now so I couldn’t care less about what the heck they are up to now.

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