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02 June 2010, 10:44

SUSE MeeGo: a new Novell Linux for netbooks

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At this week's Computex, Novell announced that it is working on a Linux distribution called SUSE MeeGo which will be a "fully supported operating system for netbooks". The company expects a number of hardware manufacturers to be pre-installing the operating system on their devices within the next 12 months. Novell has not yet stated whether SUSE MeeGo will be available separately.

As the name implies, Novell will use the user interface and other components of MeeGo, version 1.0 of which has just been released. Novell developers have made significant contributions to MeeGo over the past several months. MeeGo is a product of the fusion between Intel's Moblin and Nokia's Maemo and is aimed at netbooks and smartphones.

SUSE MeeGo will take over from SUSE Moblin, which is, according to Novell's press release, currently used by MSI and Samsung. In order to drive SUSE MeeGo development forward, Novell has, in collaboration with the Taiwanese government, created Novell OpenLabs in Taiwan. A pre-release version of SUSE MeeGo is already being demonstrated at Computex.


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