Intel and Nokia Join Forces to Make Linux OS

Last year Nokia and Intel announced that they would collaborate on several projects; but at the time, neither offered much information on what those projects might be. Today we've got a little insight into what the Nokia-Intel partnership is all about: Software.

At the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, the two companies announced a Linux-based operating system called MeeGo.  MeeGo is actually just a mash-up of Nokia's Maemo OS and Intel's Moblin. Nokia and Intel have said the open source OS will run on both smartphones and netbooks, with support for ARM architecture and Intel's line of Atom CPUs.

At the moment, there are very few details available but it will be interesting to see how this goes. The OS will more than likely have a better chance on smartphones than netbooks. Microsoft is still dominating the netbook OS market because it has the advantage of familiarity. Still, we can't say much until we see it in action. Watch this space.

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  • dameon51
    Is it just me, or does it seem the mobile OS market is becoming very saturated? The more competition the better, to a point. Apple is doing great because it's supported really well. I was hoping to see Android take off on non-Apple devices, but it seems to me that if every company tries to make their own OS instead of support Android (or another well established OS), it's just going to give Apple an easier time.
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  • zorky9
    If this is successful, it'll be downhill for Symbian and WM, unless Windows Phone 7 is as good as promised.
  • dameon51
    Is it just me, or does it seem the mobile OS market is becoming very saturated? The more competition the better, to a point. Apple is doing great because it's supported really well. I was hoping to see Android take off on non-Apple devices, but it seems to me that if every company tries to make their own OS instead of support Android (or another well established OS), it's just going to give Apple an easier time.
  • MU_Engineer
    dameon51Is it just me, or does it seem the mobile OS market is becoming very saturated? The more competition the better, to a point. Apple is doing great because it's supported really well. I was hoping to see Android take off on non-Apple devices, but it seems to me that if every company tries to make their own OS instead of support Android (or another well established OS), it's just going to give Apple an easier time.


    Android is another Linux distribution for mobile phones, just like this MeeGo is. It shouldn't be too big of a deal to run MeeGo apps on Android and vice-versa as typically all you would need are the shared library files for whatever window manager you used to write the application, as long as the CPU architecture is the same. It would be analogous to running a KDE program on the Ubuntu- no big deal.