Novell have today announced their intention to release SUSE MeeGo as a fully supported netbook operating system. Novell expects their new OS, which is built on the codestream from the MeeGO Project established by a collaboration between Intel and Nokia, to be pre-installed on a wide variety of devices from OEMS in the next twelve months.
“Our commitment to ship SUSE MeeGo further extends our position as the leading OS vendor in the desktop Linux market,” said Guy Lunardi, director of Client Preloads at Novell. “Novell is passionate about providing users with a better computing experience and MeeGo will deliver on that promise. Our experience as the leading commercial provider of desktop Linux* environments — from thin clients, to workstations, through netbooks, notebooks and desktop devices — puts us in a great position to deliver SUSE MeeGo to a broad base of original equipment and device manufacturers.”
As you may be aware, SUSE MeeGo actually builds on an already longstanding relationship between Novell and Intel, which initially encouraged OEMs and ODMs to adopt Moblin. That initial effort was met with reasonable success with partners including Samsung and MSI having already shipped netbooks and other mobile devices with Moblin on board. Here’s hoping they can go even further with MeeGo, a project we at Linux User & Developer have high hopes for during the next round of technology and design refreshes.
“Novell’s support of MeeGo only further establishes their commitment to enhancing the mobile Linux experience,” said Doug Fisher, vice president of the Software and Services Group and general manager of the Systems Software Division at Intel Corporation. “SUSE MeeGo together with Intel(R) Atom(TM) processor-based platforms will provide consumers choice for Linux operating systems on netbooks and emerging mobile devices.”
Those of you keen to get your first taste of SUSE MeeGO 1.0, will need get on the next plane to Taipei since Novell are showcasing the OS at COMPUTEX as we speak…
Do you share our enthusiasm for MeeGo, or do more netbook and mobile OSs only risk fragmenting the embedded Linux ecosystem? Let us know your thoughts below or discuss it further in the Linux User forum…
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