MeeGo Linux was formed earlier this year by the merger of the Moblin and Maemo projects. While Maemo was designed to run on smartphones and tablets with ARM-based processors, Moblin was backed by Intel as a custom Linux distribution for netbooks with Intel Atom processors. MeeGo has expanded the horizons of both projects, with MeeGo variations designed for netbooks, tablets, in-car entertainment systems and smartphones… and now it looks like Intel isn’t the only major chip-maker backing the project.
AMD has announced that it will support the project, providing “engineering expertise.”
The MeeGo Linux project is now managed by the Linux Foundation, and AMD is already a partner with the foundation, so the move isn’t really that big a step.
AMD has also started focusing on low power chips for netbooks, tablets, and other mobile computers recently, so it makes sense that the company would support the development of the new operating system designed to run on those devices. But it’s still interesting to see AMD announce its support for a project that was largely started by rival chip-maker Intel.
Yes, this is a big deal for MeeGo.
Now we see nearly uniform x86-producer support for MeeGo.
MeeGo is much more Linux than Android so I root for it. While I wouldn’t buy a MeeGo tablet with Intel hw in it (business behaviour), I would consider AMD based stuff.
Ummm… This is a really big deal. Not all seeds grow into trees, but this is quite a seed. Intel+AMD+Nokia represents hardware and software that every relevant vendor should be worried about…if this does indeed grow into the corresponding tree. Intel and AMD are already the ones who support the open source community with drivers and documentation for their GPUs. This isn’t exactly a line in the sand, but if you’re ARM, NVIDIA, or Android types then you’ve been served notice.
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