If MeeGo is dead, someone forgot to tell Intel

There’s been a lot of talk this weekend suggesting the folks at Nokia didn’t bother letting Intel know that the phone maker was practically pulling the plug on development of products that would run the MeeGo Linux operating system before making the announcement on Friday. And it looks like that means Fujitsu isn’t the only company ready to introduce products running MeeGo — an operating system that just lost one of its biggest backers.

Engadget spotted a photo that looks like it’s going up at Intel’s Mobile World Congress booth this week, showing what appear to be a smartphone and a tablet running MeeGo.

The mobile operating system is optimized to run on Intel’s Atom processors, including new low power chips that Intel is hoping will power next-generation smartphones and tablets. While Nokia was one of Intel’s largest partners, MeeGo continues to be managed by The Linux Foundation, and it’s possible that Intel could use its clout to convince other device makers to bring products powered by MeeGo to market… but it looks like the netbook version of the operating system is pretty much a lost cause at this point. It’s also possible that the poster at Intel’s booth is just a remnant of the company’s optimistic thinking from before Nokia’s recent announcement.

  • Belluzzo Mole

    MeeGo is only dead as long as the Microsoft Belluzzo mole is running Nokia. Insiders at Nokia working on MeeGo have stated that it is ready to go and not a R&D project. In fact it’s already shipping on netbooks and has been demoed many times on tablets and phones.

    • Name

      What netbooks?

      • NoGo

        The crappy ones from Fujitsu.

  • Faheydm

    If MeeGo is dead, there is Jolicloud. And many, many other linux flavors for netbooks.

  • Faheydm

    Apology for a post irrelevant for this thread, but I don’t know how else to ask it. Can anybody evaluate Libreoffice in comparison with OpenOffice? Thanks.

    • http://liliputing.com/ Brad Linder

      At this point it is virtually identical, but most if the developers have
      moved over to libreoffice, so I expect to see it outpace OOo in terms of
      features soon.
      On Feb 13, 2011 11:09 AM, “Disqus”

  • http://www.nokia.com ShaneatNokia

    Hi, I work for Nokia. We expect to deliver a MeeGo-related device later this year. While we will focus on creating a third ecosystem to compete, we will leverage Meego as an ‘opportunity to learn’, taking feedback from our customers to integrate it into the overall consumer experience.

    MeeGo will place increased emphasis on longer-term market exploration of next-generation devices, platforms and user experiences. I know this is not exactly the best news, but it’s important to remember that there will still be a Meego related device on the way. Let’s keep talking.

    • http://crashsuit.blogspot.com crashsuit

      Thanks for chiming in with this. I’ve been looking forward to having a phone OS that will also let me run Linux programs.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000722296108 Herman Guerra

      Nokia is dead to me. Go Intel, Go Meego!

  • http://www.facebook.com/david.gosnell David Gosnell

    I liked MeeGo, but its seemingly defiant refusal to support most if not all non-Nokia 3G hardware was a deal breaker – hardware that should be supported directly from the kernel, so an apparent intentional blocking.

  • animatio

    so the big question is: when is a system dead?
    when it’s promises are no longer commercial? or when it is no longer supported by its developers?

  • Alex Botero

    Sorry Nokia.
    You are far too unreliable with your mixed messages.
    No No No kia. No more !

  • MeegoMan

    The Meego Ecosystem’s help is needed now. If you want it earlier, just do it, develope it. Vaining is not helping at all…come on guys, your contribution to Meego counts.

  • Anon

    You can’t kill MeeGo – it is a full on project with FREE as in Speech licensing in the background to protect that it remains FREE.

  • Anonymous

    Well, let’s go to android. Nokia no more…

  • http://twitter.com/csinsona csinsona

    this is so sad I really like Meamo, Meego and Linux stuff *sigh*

  • Anonymous

    I always thought Meego was a little redundant to begin with. But what’s downright hilarious is Nokia’s statement that they wanted to avoid being just another Android handset maker… by becoming just another Windows handset maker.