About the time that iPad mania was getting under way several months ago, I wrote about the potential of the MeeGo mobile operating system in development for an array of Linux devices, including tablets. It looks like the MeeGo project is taking important steps forward with Novell’s announcement from Computex 2010 in Taipei this week:

Novell today announced it will release SUSE® MeeGo as a fully supported operating system for netbooks. Novell expects SUSE MeeGo to be pre-installed on a variety of devices from Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs) in the next twelve months.

Other Linux vendors are also planning MeeGo versions, including Taiwan-based Linpus, which shipped the Acer Aspire netbook with a Fedora-based OS. A MeeGo version of Linpus Lite for netbooks will include extra features for social networking, improved power management, and improved dual-boot capabilities for Linux/Windows hybrid installations.

MeeGo also picked up support from a few European network operators including Telefonica, Telecom Italia, and Orange.

All in all, it’s been a pretty good week for Linux with the additional announcement of the Linaro organization, whose aim is to “reduce the time that it takes to bring a new ARM-powered product to market with Linux.” According to Ars Technica, “Linaro will not compete with existing platforms such as MeeGo and Android. Instead, it will attempt to improve the shared underlying software components that allow those platforms and others to run on ARM SoCs.”

It may be that Linux never sees the fabled year of the desktop, but it seems to be well-positioned to take a substantial place in the market’s explosion of smaller consumer devices.


Speaking of good news for Linux fans, this is also the week in which Google announced the dumping of Windows in favor of Linux and Mac for its employees. What do you think? Big deal…or no big deal?