The Much awaited MeeGo seems to be available for the Nokia N900 (and Atom/Moorestown based devices).
Today is the culmination of a huge effort by the worldwide Nokia and Intel teams to share the MeeGo operating system code with the open source community. This is the latest step in the full merger of Maemo and Moblin, and we are happy to open the repositories and move the ongoing development work into the open – as we set out to do from the beginning.
What are we opening? The MeeGo distribution infrastructure and the operating system base from the Linux kernel to the OS infrastructure up to the middleware layer. The MeeGo architecture is based on a common core across the different usage models, such as netbooks, handheld, in-vehicle, and connected TV. The MeeGo common core includes the various key subsystems including the core operating system libraries, the comms and telephony services, internet and social networking services, visual services, media services, data management, device services, and personal services. More on this will be described on meego.com over the next few days.
The downloaded images will boot from a USB stick or directly flashed on the device from your Linux PC, but since the MeeGo User Experiences for the usage models mentioned previously are not yet included in today’s MeeGo core, these images will boot into terminal.
After Day 1, the rest will follow soon – in the next few days, we will post the next steps leading to the first release of MeeGo in May.
NOTE: You will need some considerable expertise to carry out installation it’s extremely likely you will BREAK your N900 otherwise. Do this at your own risk.
Update: From Maemo.org:
it has no gui and is command only like xterm hence why it is for devolopers and not end users
please dont expect a finished fancy ui as it isnt there from what ive read
Is this a sign that N900 should get official MeeGo support?
If you aren’t a risk taker, there’s the official PR 1.2 firmware that’s coming real soon that’s gonna refresh the N900 up a bit.
According to Jussi
“…PR1.2 to my N900 and gotta say the computer feels again like new…make sure to update it when it comes”
So. Where to Get MeeGo?
MeeGo Repositories and Images
The available MeeGo repositories now include the operating system base from the Linux kernel to the OS infrastructure up to the middleware layer. The downloadable images available now will boot from a CD or from a USB stick, but since the MeeGo User Experiences for the usage models are not yet included in today’s MeeGo core, these images will boot into terminal.
Maemo Arena have instructions should you want to try MeeGo on your N900.