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.
Related research on GigaOM Pro (sub req’d): Report: The Future of Netbooks