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It wasn’t that long ago that Moblin and Maemo joined forces to form the MeeGo variant of Linux for mobile devices. In a rush to release, MeeGo 1.0 for Netbooks is available as a free download for those of you who like to play with alternate OSes.

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It wasn’t that long ago that Moblin and Maemo joined forces to form the MeeGo variant of Linux for mobile devices. In a rush to release, MeeGo 1.0 for Netbooks is available as a free download for those of you who like to play with alternate OSes. Brad Linder of Liliputing grabbed MeeGo and has recorded a video overview of the OS running on his MSI Wind netbook. MeeGo looks surprisingly complete and even though Brad is running it on a USB flash drive it is very responsive. It looks very much as I would expect Chrome OS to eventually look like.

Brad’s only physical problem with MeeGo was getting it downloaded, the installation was without event and he seems pleased with the results. There is an app store cleverly dubbed the MeeGo Garage, but it is a garage that is currently pretty bare with little content available. MeeGo is using the Chrome browser and in the video response is good and browsing is nice. I like the MeeGo “zones” that make working with running programs very easy to do. The whole running experience is optimized for small screens with good mouse controls. If you try MeeGo, let us know in the comments how it is working for you.

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  1. onecallednick Wednesday, May 26, 2010

    Someday Windows will be the alternate OS. Meego sounds nice, but I like having a full-powered linux distro behind my netbook experience. Ubuntu Netbook Edition is a much more complete OS, very user friendly.

  2. So far really digging MeeGo, nice fluid animations and pretty good performance, wish my EeePC had Ion to give it a little more oomph in the graphics dept (youtube etc.) but probably leaving it on it permanently seems like a better fit than XP.

  3. I am running it on my Aspire One. There are some problems, though. For instance, this is a multiboot system with Windows XP, CrunchBang Linux, and Jolicoud installed. The MeeGo install blasted my GRUB config. Since it uses syslinux instead of GRUB, I can’t get my other Linux installs to boot. Windows XP was unharmed, though. Also, the suspend and hibernate functions do not work. They lock up the system every time. This is a kernel issue I believe. kernel 2.6.31-x was the last version that worked correctly with suspend/hibernate. The other problem is that I can’t get it to connect to Twitter or Last.fm, and there is no Facebook feature yet. Finally, I realize the OS is meant for quick web browsing, social media, and email, but the lack of a full office suite in the repositories is an oversight in my opinion. Likewise there is no eBook reader in there, or Skype, though downloading the Fedora 10 rpm for skype works just fine. I do like the interface though with the exception of not having keyboard shortcuts (that I am aware of) for navigating the tabs or open apps. Looking forward to seeing how it progresses.

  4. running it on a lenovo X61s (non-atom). at least the alt-tab to cycle through open apps work for me. planning to remove windows 7 on this machine and install meego + some other linux distro.

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