After having looked at three more or less "traditional" Linux desktops on a netbook - Ubuntu Unity, KDE Plasma Netbook and Jolicloud - now I am going to look at a very un-traditional desktop, MeeGo. Descended from the Moblin project, and now being developed jointly by Intel and Nokia, MeeGo is intended to be a user interface for the entire range of mobile products, including netbooks, tablets, smart phones and more.
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The handset manufacturer's head of software says open-source developers need to play along with current industry themes such as DRM, IPR and SIM locks
The company, targeted for acquisition by Nokia, says the Qtopia platform can now support touchscreen devices and synchronisation with Microsoft Outlook
Nokia is to buy Trolltech, the company whose Linux-based Qt application-development framework is at the core of many PC and mobile applications including Google Earth and Skype.
With the acquisition of Trolltech, Nokia has made its largest bet yet on changing the course of the industry
The Finnish handset manufacturer is buying Trolltech, which specialises in graphical user interfaces for Linux and other platforms