To catch you up on the weekend news, we've got Intel's Q3 revenue projections, Ubuntu 12.10, plans to speed up UK broadband roll-outs, and Android tablets catching up on iPads.
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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.
The obvious first choice in loading Linux on my new Samsung netbook is the Ubuntu Netbook Edition. This should be particularly well-suited, because UNE was originally developed specifically for Intel Atom based netbook, and although it has been improved over the past couple of releases so that it works on others (such as my HP 2133 Mini-Note), I believe that it still works "best" on Atom-based systems.
I received my first OEM Convertible Classmate PCs late last week from CTL Corporation. My previous Classmates had been various demo units supplied by Intel (with one still going strong running Ubuntu and the Intel Linux software stack); these 6 "2go PCs" were standard fare and are being used in pilots around the district, giving teachers the end of the year and/or the summer to be thinking about curricular uses for our larger rollout in the fall.
James, Kevin, and I spent a bit more time than planned talking about the upcoming iPhone 3G on MobileTechRoundup show #138, but we eventually did move on to talk about lots more in the world of mobile tech. I talked about my experiences with upgrading the Nokia N78 over the air and James is going to try it out soon too. How much can be said about WiMAX and how much will it cost? Kevin let me know about Ubuntu MID Edition and I may actually load it on my Fujitsu U810 since the Intel A110 processor is supported. Great news that the public beta of Opera Mobile 9.5 will soon be available for Windows Mobile and UIQ owners. We also introduced listeners to the Nerd Club.
Notable headlines:Yahoo launches ’stock market for ads’Larry Dignan: The three week Microhoo countdown begins... Mary Jo Foley: Ballmer tells Yahoo board: Get off the potMicrosoft's letter to YahooPaula Rooney: Backed by Intel, Ubuntu, Google, mobile Linux is poised for commercial takeoff in 2008Dana Blankenhorn: What mobile Linux is missingA mobile Linux reporter's notebookIs open source for Windows worthwhile?
The momentum behind mobile Linux is accelerating because several communities -- and commercial giants -- are finally backing it.Despite earlier efforts from pioneering companies like MontaVista, Lineo and Access, the open source operating system has always taken a back seat to proprietary mobile operating systems such as Nokia-backed Symbian, Microsoft's Windows Mobile, RIM's Blackberry and Apple's MacOSX for the iPhone.
Notable headlines:Dion Hinchcliffe: The 10 top challenges facing enterprise mashups. Dave Greenfield: Top 100 Enterprise 2.