The MeeGo project lead from the Nokia side of the relationship (remember, MeeGo is a collaboration among Nokia, Intel, and you, the open source community) has posted a fairly lengthy and exciting update to the meego-dev mailing list, and it has been reposted on the Maemo talk forums.
At the end of March, MeeGo released a preview version for the N900 and atom-based netbooks. This was installable but as all it did was give you a command prompt, it wasn’t thrilling to most users. The exciting news is that MeeGo will be releasing an updated version in May, bringing the Linux kernel up to date and in line with what is available for the netbook version. They are updating drivers at a furious pace to get this ready.
The other bit of news that really gets me excited is that the new release will allow dual-booting between the stable Maemo 5 platform and the development version of MeeGo. Being the proud owner of an N900 as of yesterday, this means I can be cutting edge, but still have phone capability and stability when I need it. It also means that we will likely see Maemo update along with the MeeGo.
It’s definitely an exciting time to be the owner of a Linux-powered mobile device!
By Kevin Neely.