MeeGo Drops Netbooks
Nokia CEO Stephen Elop may have questioned the future of MeeGo in his burning platform memo and covered the OS at least with uncertainty.
What appears to be certain however, is that the Netbook version of MeeGo is canceled. Developer Andrew Wafaa, who had been working on Smeegol, a repackaged UI for Moblin and MeeGo based on OpenSUSE, said that the MeeGo Netbook interface is essentially dead.
"Basically by all accounts MeeGo is stopping all work on the Netbook UX," he wrote. "Yup, all our hard work is now almost for nothing :-(" Wafaa pointed to the MeeGo Release Engineering Plans 1.2, which do not mention netbooks anymore as far as features are concerned as well as developer events.
"I spoke to several people directly and indirectly involved with MeeGo, especially the Netbook UX, about the lack of info on the Netbook UX. Each one of them said the same thing - MeeGo is putting the Netbook UX into Maintanence Mode, stopping any further development on it, and only providing bug fixes for major issues. I asked if there was going to be any announcement, basically the answer was nothing official. They're just going to let it drift away - just like netbooks themselves have."
Wafaa suspects that among the reasons may be that netbooks are simply not selling that well anymore.
We will learn more about the MeeGo future when Stephen Elop will be announcing a plan to save Nokia tomorrow. We already know that he will be jumping off the Nokia platform. We assume that Steve Ballmer is already waiting to catch Nokia.