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Linpus to release MeeGo Slate Edition in Q4

Posted on 20 September 2010 By Steve Chippy Paine


LinpusLits1 We’ve had talks with Linpus about MeeGo before but in a discussion at IDF last week we got down to some more details about the MeeGo Slate Edition and it sounds like we’ve got potential here. Remember, Linpus have supplied Acer with Linux builds in the past.

linpus apps What we know right now is that Linpus already have a MeeGo build and it’s highly likely that they will be supplying that to one of the major netbook manufacturers however their plans for Slate Edition are firm for a Q4 release and will build on MeeGo 1.1 that is due in October. Respect to Linpus for their intention to make this a publicly-available distribution. Apparently, Linpus Lite Tablet Edition will come with 7 applications too. (See right.)

What does it mean for us? Well, for N-series tablet owners (ExoPC and similar) it means you’ll get an option. Remember, the Windows 7 + overlay solution offered on some of these products will be fairly heavyweight and switching to the Atom-optimised MeeGo is likely to bring speed and battery life improvements. For Z-series owners (X70, S10 and others) this should be an option too because Linpus are developing with Oaktrail and Moorestown platforms in mind. The GMA600 on those should (no guarantees at the moment though) be backward compatible with the awkward GMA500 on these products.

The best news is that there’s a real likelihood that this will get picked up in an Oaktrail or Moorestown product and that should mean one very significant difference – always-on. Oaktrail and Moorestown are built with ‘power island’ capability which can be controlled by core software in MeeGo to bring extremely low-power idle states.

Linpus won’t be the only conmpany working on a touch-enabled MeeGo core but It looks like Linpus are in a good position to be able to step ahead of the rest if they can get this running on an Oaktrail or Moorestown product.

P.S. Don’t forget that AppUp will be compatible with this too so if that takes off, Linpus could be on to a winner.

We’ll be getting updates from Linpus when they happen so stay tuned.

4 Responses to “Linpus to release MeeGo Slate Edition in Q4”

  1. GeistReich says:

    “Remember, the Windows 7 + overlay solution offered on some of these products will be fairly heavyweight”

    Whut? How can you simply state such an assumption? Overlay UI running on WIndows hardware can have 0% CPU load when idling.. What a ridiculous statement

  2. theluketaylor says:

    @GeistReich Windows all by itself is a heavyweight OS. It requires a lot of RAM, isn’t careful about disk access patterns and requires a lot of storage space. It doesn’t really matter what how simple the overlay is because windows 7 on atom is slow and choppy.

    Windows 7 needs a minimum 10 GB install space and 2 GB of RAM. Meego (and other simple linux distros) will install in under 2 GB and can run fine with 512 MB of RAM. That’s a big difference and means cheaper tablet hardware.

  3. Chippy says:

    @theluketaylor @GeistReich Thx theluketaylor. GeistReich misread my stament – ‘Windows 7 PLUS Overlay.’

  4. jb82 says:

    “slow and choppy” is harsh indeed. Netbooks wouldn’t be so popular if that was the case!

    “cheaper tablet hardware” – haha didn’t stop Apple inflating the price and Samsung probably too.

    Yes win 7 slates have lower battery life than the ipad but it is a totally different experience. I do think though that a dual boot will silence a lot of the critics of windows 7. At least win 7 devices can dual boot.

    When it comes down to it though most people owning a win 7 slate will stick with windows i bet. You just can’t beat a full os for what it can do. You can whip out your smartphone and mess with that if you want more hours of fun. With an ipad/android slate you’ll have to “whip out” your mac/laptop if you want to do any serious stuff. Or just your win 7 slate!