Asus Eee PC X101
MeeGo‘s days may be numbered, now that Intel, Samsung, and some other major players are starting to throw their weight behind Tizen, a new Linux-based operating system for mobile computers and phones. But Asus says it’s not dead yet. Speaking to PC Magazine, an Asus rep said he expects MeeGo 1.3 to launch soon, and that hardware-accelerated support for Flash content is in the works.

Of course, that’s pretty much what you’d expect Asus to say… the company just launched one of the first mainstream netbooks running the MeeGo Linux operating system. The Eee PC X101 is a 10 inch netbook with a 1.33 GHz Intel Atom N435 processor and MeeGo software. It’s thin, light, not all that fast, and it’s dirt cheap. The Eee PC X101 sells for about $200.

I suspect future Asus devices in this line might run Tizen or another open source, inexpensive operating system. But for now, it would be foolish for Asus to abandon support for a product that just launched… although we’ve certainly seen higher profile products canceled almost as quickly.

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4 replies on “Asus isn’t giving up on MeeGo (yet)”

  1. Just so I can keep these things straight…

    Meego is the OS that they abandoned this year, and Tizen is the OS they plan to abandon next year, right? Any idea what they plan to abandon for 2013? I think BeOS would be a good candidate.

    1. I think you’re right. Tizen will be done late next year. When Meego first appeared under the name Moblin, I thought it was really cool and had lots of potential. Sad that the potential was never realized.

    2. Well, remember MeeGo is open source.  So anyone who wants to continue it can. 

      Intel and Nokia just switched to MeeGo because it wasn’t being adopted fast enough for them and they think HTML5 should be the priority of development.  So they switch to Tizen to monopolize on the HTML5 trend.

      Whether they give up on Tizen depends on whether it’s well accepted at release or not but HTML5 is also where Windows 8 is heading, along with Apple, etc.  So less likely they will give up on it as quickly as they did MeeGo.

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