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MeeGo to reborn as Tizen

MeeGo reincarnated as Tizen, a Linux based software platform

A new open source project, the Tizen, is to develop a Linux-based software platform, as announced by LiMo Foundation and The Linux Foundation officially. As MeeGo wasn’t mentioned at IDF last week it was suspected that they might be preparing for something, to be announced at AppUp Elements, a Developer Conference scheduled at 28-29th of September, 2011.

According to Tizen website, the Tizen software platform is a mobile and device operating system based on Linux and other popular upstream projects. It will be supporting a lot of devices like smartphones, tablets, smart TV’s, netbooks, and in-vehicle infotainment devices. The development of the Tizen will be open and led by a technical steering team composed of Intel and Samsung, with the project hosted by The Linux Foundation.

Samsung has also announced to open source their Linux based project, “Bada” and for the same Limo are going to team up with them.

From an announcement made by MeeGo in their blog stated that, they believe that HTML5-based applications will rule the future and a small percentage of other applications will be doing some business. So, they are making their investment needs to shift towards HTML5. Shifting to HTML5 doesn’t just mean slapping a web runtime on an existing Linux, even one aimed at mobile, as MeeGo has been. Emphasizing HTML5 means that APIs not visible to HTML5 programmers need not be as rigid, and can evolve with platform technology and can vary by market segment.

Till now, the news is not detailed enough such that we can speculate anything out of it. Let's just see how things progresses.


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Pallab Jyotee Hazarika, 2011-09-30 (Update: 2012-05-26)