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MeeGo is a Linux-based open source operating system, which was announced at MWC 2010 (Mobile World Congress) in February 2010 by Nokia and Intel in a joint press conference. It was developed because Microsoft did not offer complete Windows 7 support for the Intel’s Atom processor. It is designed to run on a variety of hardware platforms, such as tablet PCs, netbooks, nettops, notebooks, Smartphones, desktops, etc. MeeGo operating system is hosted by Linux Foundation and is functioning according to its rules.
MeeGo is designed by combining the both Intel’s Fedora-based Moblin and Nokia’s Debian-based Maemo. When it was first announced, the then President and CEO of Nokia, Olli-Pekka Kallsvuo, said that MeeGo would create an ecosystem, which is the best among other operating system and will represent players from different countries. However in February 2011, when Nokia announced its alliance with Microsoft for its future mobile phones and the exit of Alberto Torres, Nokia’s MeeGo Team Manager, leads to speculation as to Nokia’s future participation in MeeGo development.
Intel will be continuously working on MeeGo project and will welcome Nokia’s contribution to this open source operating system. Moreover, Nokia was supposed to reveal first MeeGo-powered device, Nokia N9, at MWC 2011, but the company cancelled its first MeeGo Smartphone device. Nokia had given no comment on this cancellation.
According to Intel, they will continue to work on MeeGo project and departure of its partner will have only little impacts on them. They are also looking for a third alternative like WebOS or Android.