MeeGo Mobile Linux Will Also Do Laptops and Desktops

Intel has revealed that it is developing a variant of the Linux-based MeeGo operating system that will run on conventional desktop and laptop computers. This move could substantially broaden MeeGo’s scope, transforming it from a mobile platform into a general purpose Linux distro.

The open source MeeGo project emerged earlier this year when Intel and Nokia combined their respective mobile Linux platforms. MeeGo, which is endorsed by the Linux Foundation, aims to reduce fragmentation in the mobile ecosystem by providing a vendor-neutral Linux platform that supports a number of different hardware architectures and form factors. It is designed for mobile and embedded computing, with heavy optimization for ARM processors and Intel’s Atom chips.

Intel and Nokia have been working to consolidate their communities and technical infrastructure while the development process gets off the ground. The first official release, which included installable binary images and kernel source code, was announced earlier this month. The project is attracting numerous partners and is gaining traction among hardware vendors. At the recent Linux Collaboration Summit, Intel and Nokia expressed optimism for the project’s future and touted a roster of 27 companies that have signed on to the effort.

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