I’ve been wondering (aloud at times), about the future of the MeeGo OS. I was there at OSCON and LinuxCon and the Linux Collaboration Summit in 2010 when it was hyped. The Intel partnership with Nokia to merge Maemo and Moblin seemed a promising venture, with the backing of the Linux Foundation it was being touted as the premier mobile Linux OS… and then came Android. Gulp.
So now that Android is clearly dominating the mobile space, competing heavily with Apple’s iOS and all but drowning out Windows Phone OS, what’s going on with MeeGo? I tried to find out at LinuxCon, but was met with some platitudes about how it’s still being developed. Those I talked to said that the Nokia departure was admittedly a big bump in the road for the OS.
This week, Intel’s general manager of the company’s Systems Software Division, Doug Fisher, said that Intel was “fully committed” to its mobile OS. Meanwhile, rumors flew that Samsung was going to step up and buy MeeGo, but today Samsung quashed those rumors, telling Roger Cheng of CNET that they couldn’t buy MeeGo even if they wanted to — MeeGo is an open-source project and therefore can’t be the focus of an acquisition.
So MeeGo lives on. The Linux Foundation and Intel are continuing to spur developers to work on applications for the OS and get it onto hardware.
In the meantime, we may forget that it exists.