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03 August 2010, 13:39

MeeGo for IVI version 1.0 released

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MeeGo Logo The MeeGo developers have announced the release of version 1.0 of the MeeGo software platform for In-Vehicle Infotainment (IVI). This is aimed at the automobile industry and is designed to provide services such as navigation and front and rear-seat entertainment. Previous MeeGo releases have focused on netbooks, smartphone handsets and the user experience on those devices. MeeGo, the Linux-based distribution for mobile devices, is the result of the February decision to merge Intel's Moblin platform and Nokia's Maemo platform under the aegis of the Linux Foundation.

Zoom The default MeeGo for IVI v1.0 interface.
The "Day 1" User Experience release is based on the 2.6.33 Linux kernel and its interface includes a customised sample home screen and task bar for launching and managing applications built using QT 4.6. The release uses Mozilla's Fennec mobile web browser and integrates various packages from open source automotive projects for audio management, resource management, persistent storage management, CE device management, and system health management. A sample Navit navigation applet and simple Bluetooth-enabled dialler application (BT-HFP Dialler) are also included.

Just a few weeks ago, the Linux Foundation announced that the GENIVI Alliance had selected MeeGo as the basis of their next reference release for IVI. The alliance includes a number of well known car companies, such as BMW, General Motors (GM) and Hyundai.

More details about the release can be found in a post on the MeeGo blog and in the release notes. MeeGo for IVI v1.0 is available to download (direct download) as an ISO image file. It requires an Atom-based in-vehicle infotainment system and has been tested on Intel Russellville, eMenlow and Crown Bay / Tunnel Creek systems. Installation instructions are provided.

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