LONDON – Chip giant Intel has decided to drop its MeeGo mobile operating system in favor of the Tizen project announced by two Linux-oriented non-profit groups, the LiMo Foundation and the Linux Foundation.
That is according to Imad Sousou, the director of Intel's Open Source Technology Center, writing to this effect in a MeeGo blog entry that is now hosted on the Linux Foundation website.
The Tizen project is hosted at the Linux Foundation and offers an operating system and an HTML5 development environment within which applications can be produced to run on multiple types of hardware. Smartphones, tablet computers and automobile infotainment are all being targeted by Tizen
According to Intel, Tizen will build upon the strengths of both LiMo and MeeGo and Intel will work with MeeGo partners to help them move from MeeGo to Tizen. However, this will likely set Intel and partners back in the market as the initial release of Tizen is not expected until 1Q12 and the first equipment based on Tizen will not arrive in the market before mid-2012.
Justifying the move Sousou said in the blog: "We believe the future belongs to HTML5-based applications, outside of a relatively small percentage of apps, and we are firmly convinced that our investment needs to shift toward HTML5." Sousou added: "Granted, this is a judgment on our part on which reasonable people could disagree, but that's the conclusion I came to."
Sousou concluded his blog by thanking everyone who had participated in MeeGo over the previous 18 months and appealing to them to join Intel on the Tizen project.
This was predicted that MeeGo had a little chance in front of Android. It came as a "Me Too " and was never in the race!
But this Tizen looks to be another new animal. Would it succeed against the on salught of Android?
First, intel has its Meego (Manathan) different from Nokia. All Nokia Meego apps have to recompile in order to work on intel's Meego platform.
Now, after Nokia stick to Microsoft WP7, intel declare abondon ship on Meego. Where's the ethic? Do you think it's easy to pickup a platform & change to another?
Leave Tizen alone & let it grow an healthy path. Pls don adopt & abandon again like a techno slut.
Depressing how they throw out years of engineering work, only if they could think ahead a little without market domination clouding their peanut brains.
They can just go full steam ahead with Android and sell more units instead of pursuing some half baked idea.
I feel sorry for the app developers who jumped on the Moblin bandwagon. First it was Moblin/Clutter, then Meego/Qt and now Tizen/HTML5.
It's been a weird rollercoaster ride. I really hope that Tizen sticks and we have a stable embedded linux platform for both Intel and Arm.
MeeGo has gone through a lot and finally got abandoned, becoming an orphan. Will it?
What will happen to the world of embedded OSs? Will it repeat what has happened in the PC OSs - multiple flavors and multiple offering?