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MeeGo 1.1 SDK Beta released for Windows

We reported recently that the MeeGo 1.1 SDK had been released for Ubuntu and Fedora Linux distributions. In addition to those releases, the MeeGo project have released a beta version SDK for Windows as well. Documentation is available at the MeeGo Wiki. There are some hardware compatibility issues that need to be taken into account before installing, and there is only a limited number of run-time targets that have been verified for Windows. Also, Windows Vista is not support. Some research before installing is recommended!

# Posted by David in Software at 13:17 UTC, Dec 17th || Comments

Marko Ahtisaari at LeWeb 2010

Marko Ahtisaari, SVP of industrial design at Nokia, was one of the guest speakers at this year's LeWeb Conference. He covered topics from dominant designs of smartphone user interface and collective intelligence with mobile devices. He outlined why he sees that there's plenty of work to be done in the world of mobile user experience, particularly in having mobile devices actually demand less of our attention. In his view, iOS is "beautifully elegant and fantastically constrained", while Symbian and Android actually share the same design pattern but differ greatly in their business models. Read on for a in-depth account of the speech and Q&A session.

# Posted by David in Software, Hardware, Industry, Editorial Thoughts, Events at 9:26 UTC, Dec 13th || Comments

Linpus launches multi-touch tablet OS based on MeeGo

Linpus have announced a tablet operating system based on MeeGo. The platform was on show at the Dublin MeeGo Conference this week, running both on a prototype tablet device and a netbook. The OS has been built upon the MeeGo 1.1 core, but with a bespoke multi-touch user interface and six custom made applications. The platform is aimed at OEM's rather than consumers, and therefore will undergo further brand-specific customisations before it reaches the market.

# Posted by David in Software at 13:07 UTC, Nov 18th || Comments

MeeGo Conference IVI and Pelagicore joining the Linux Foundation

It has been announced that Pelagicore AB has now joined the Linux Foundation. Pelagicore AB is a company who applies open source software to develop of automotive infotainment products. They have joined the Linux Foundation specifically to participate in the building of the MeeGo In-Vehicle Infotainment (IVI) reference design.

Also today, Rudolf Streif of the Linux Foundation, hosted a work-group session at the 2010 MeeGo conference in Dublin, to present they key challenges and considerations of MeeGo IVI. Read on for more details and our photo coverage.

# Posted by David in Software, Hardware, Industry at 15:39 UTC, Nov 15th || Comments

Phoronix sets MeeGo against Ubuntu for netbooks

Phoronix, the well known review and benchmarking blog for Linux users, has published an initial comparison of MeeGo 1.1 versus Ubuntu 10.10 for netbooks. In this test they pitted the two Linux distributions against each other on boot time, power usage, 3D performance, MP3 encoding, and file system performance. Read on for a summary of their findings.

# Posted by David in Software, Links of Interest at 20:39 UTC, Nov 10th || Comments

MeeGo 1.1 SDK Beta Release

The MeeGo development team have just announced the release of the MeeGo SDK 1.1 Beta. The release includes Qt Quick for Javascript based rapid application development. However, the main component of the SDK of course Qt Creator, although command line functions are available too. With MeeGo 1.1 SDK, developers can create, install and debug applications to run on the N900 and Netbooks running MeeGo. Although for developers without reference hardware, QEMU is provided for hardware emulation. Read on for more details.

# Posted by David in Software, Developer at 19:24 UTC, Nov 10th || Comments

MeeGo 1.1 released - includes IVI, Handset and Netbook UXs

The MeeGo project reached an important milestone today with the release of MeeGo 1.1. It aims to create a solid baseline for both manufacturers and developers to devices and software across a broad range of categories (netbook, handset, IVI and) across both the ARMv7 and Intel Atom chipset architectures. The current MeeGo releases remain mainly of interest to device manufacturers, developers and those wishing to take an early look at MeeGo before it arrives on commercial devices.

# Posted by Rafe in Software, Developer, Industry at 17:31 UTC, Oct 28th || Comments

Linux Foundation rules against use of the Smeegol name

After its October 6th release, the Smeegol project (an openSUSE interpretation of MeeGo, which we reported on), has been told by the Linux Foundation that it must find a new name. In a reply to the project, the Linux Foundation said the project's use of the Smeegol name would not beneficial to MeeGo. Read on for more details.

# Posted by David in Software at 16:57 UTC, Oct 28th || Comments

The Nokia N900 receives PR 1.3 software update

Nokia's Linux-based phone, the N900, has received an update to its Maemo 5 operating system, which fixes a long list of bugs and performance issues. The PR 1.3 (v20.2010.36-2) update is currently available to UK (and others) users via Nokia Software Updater (NSU) and over the air (OTA) download. However, as an alternative, users can also download images for their region from Nokia's tablet firmware repository. The update also offers support to MeeGo developers, wanting to develop applications ahead of device releases next year, by including the Qt 4.7 development framework and Qt Mobility 1.02. Read on for more details.

# Posted by David in Software at 19:48 UTC, Oct 26th || Comments

Nokia releases Qt 4.7

Yesterday Nokia announced the official release of Qt 4.7, the latest version of the cross-platform application and UI framework. A key addition is the inclusion of the first stages of Qt Quick (QML and Qt Declarative), a technology that allows for the rapid development of user interfaces and closer co-operation between designers and developers. The Nokia specific (Symbian and MeeGo) version of the Qt SDK, Nokia Qt SDK, will add support for Qt 4.7 shortly.

# Posted by Rafe in Software, Developer at 22:40 UTC, Sep 22nd || Comments
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