What might Nokia think about the investors’ intellectual capabilities when they made this early announcement?
Tuesday, June 21, 2011
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Wednesday, December 29, 2010
2011-12-11: Warning update: Nokia has dropped MeeGo and in September 2011 Intel did the same. The MeeGo 1.2 is the last MeeGo available, unless the community take over. So follow the below instructions only if you know what you want to do. (but it still works fine for me).
MeeGo 1.1 is out since a couple of months now. I got bored during the holidays and decided to sacrifice a rainy day to see what it is all about.
My motivation was two folded. First, I was tired of the original Windows 7 “Starter“, the original installation on my netbook which I have bought from my French network operator. It really sucks, too big OS for such as small machine. Second reason was a simply curiosity of what can be the base OS of my future smart phone (who said “Nokia”?).
Was it worth of it? Yes. Definitely, my netbook has a new life and I can do much more things with it. Don’t expect to get out of it without some headache but the installation is pretty easy, but with some usual specific “features” which I will explain below.
Will MeeGo and MeeGo powered devices make it against the iOS and Android? Of course, as a pure operating system (Linux) and as a distro (MeeGo) has nothing to be ashamed when compared to the two commercially successful big brothers. It is very convenient to use, quite stable (but not yet stable enough) but as a experienced Linux user I can still feel the disguised Gnome behind the multi-menu drop-down toolbar. Compared to iOS it can have some technological edge but it will never reach the smoothness of the Apple’s products. And there are so many hiccups which require opening of the command line prompt (the feature which I greatly appreciate) that I am not all surprised to hear that Nokia will come up with a MeeGo powered product only in 2011, if they can make it. They have so much work on this platform to make it simply reliable, easy to use and to make sure it integrates easily with Ovi.com services that one year is short time for all that work. And Nokia knows as well as everyone over here that it will not be any Apple killer machine.
Let’s face it, marketing hype is more important than the actual usability. If we take the upcoming, Ubuntu powered tablet computers they will never make it against iPad, marketing wise. Not that they would be worse to use. They would not just appear sexy to the grand public. It is so much cooler to own a shiny iPad, or iPhone than any of the Chinese, Taiwanese or whatsoever Nokia tablets. Apart of the geek like me, who cares about the Ubuntu, MeeGo, Linux or the OS name in general? All that matters is the coolness.
You cannot believe how much of doctorat level people I have met explaining me with their eyes shining how they can send photo attachments to their parents directly from where it happens and how great it is that their parents would be able to answer them the same way (they never do). Yawn. But it is precisely the grand public and the media who eat the pill and amplifies the hype. How you can imagine that MeeGo, Ubuntu or any other open source software could do that?