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MeeGo ported to Android handsets

MeeGo ported to Android handsets

Developer vgrade posted this picture of MeeGo running on a Nexus One, but says the project has stalled.

MeeGo, the Linux-based operating system born out of an amalgamation of Nokia's Maemo and Intel's Moblin, might not be available for that many handsets just yet - but a group of hackers is looking to change that, porting the OS to a series of Android-based devices.

According to Android fan-site AndroidPolice, a project to port the operating system to selected handsets based around the Qualcomm Snapdragon QSD8250 - namely Google's own Nexus One, Dell's Streak mini-tablet, and the HTC Desire - has started to bear fruit, although it's still early days.

Images of the operating system booting on a Nexus One smartphone, which ordinarily runs the equally Linux-based Android mobile platform, were posted to micro-blogging service Twitter by developer vgrade - and although it's hard to tell just how usable the device is, the very fact that the OS boots at all is impressive.

Sadly, there are various stumbling blocks that prevent Android owners from playing with MeeGo right now - not least of which is lack of device support in the OS. Although the computing chipsets of QSD8250-based devices are supported, hackers working on the project are likely to find that basic handset functionality - including the 3G transceiver, the touch-screen, and even the audio chipset - aren't included in a standard MeeGo build. In many cases, this means developing drivers from scratch - or waiting for a chipset manufacturer to release the required code.

Indeed, vgrade reports that his work on porting to the Nexus One has stalled owing to a lack of glibc 3D drivers for the Qualcomm-based chipset, and that work can't continue until the company releases redistributable drivers that can be ported across.

Nevertheless, it's an impressive project - and one that could one day mean that Android fans can give MeeGo a try without having to shell out for a brand-new handset.

Are you pleased to see Intel and Nokia's MeeGo getting some love from the hacker community, or merely confused as to why someone would want to replace Android with a hacked-about port on their expensive smartphone? Share your thoughts over in the forums.

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ZeDestructor 27th September 2010, 09:41 Quote
As usual, device manufacturers are evil pricks who don't like hackers messing around with their stuff :(
faugusztin 27th September 2010, 09:53 Quote
Evil pricks ? So they make a CPU and GPU for one specific use, develop drivers for that use, you use the CPU/GPU on unsupported configuration and it's the manufacturer who is "evil *****", because they didn't invest time and money into combination they don't sell the product for ?

It's like complaining that your diesel car doesn't work with petrol...
mi1ez 27th September 2010, 10:13 Quote
Don't really see the point. going from MeeGo to Android, maybe. But not vice-versa!
rickysio 27th September 2010, 10:27 Quote
Equally Linux based? Hell no. Every single thing that goes into MeeGo is contributed back upstream into the Linux kernel, whereas Android is primarily Java VM based, where all improvements are limited to Android. The only thing Linux about Android is the kernel.
cyrilthefish 27th September 2010, 12:27 Quote
Not a huge expert in this area, but seeing as theres a 99% open-sourced build for the HTC Desire, could many of the drivers be easily ported over? Or is it too different? :o
Phil Rhodes 27th September 2010, 13:46 Quote
Nice to see free software continuing its tendency to produce half-finished half-arsery which doesn't actually work.

I don't mean to be unnecessarily harsh, but for christ's sake. Usually I tend to try and finish a project to the point where it's possible for someone to, ooh, I don't know, actually use it? And I prefer to do that before I start leaping around shouting about how clever I am.
Saivert 28th September 2010, 22:42 Quote
lol Rhodes. you wouldn't hear much about anything from the FOSS crowd then. hehe
They need the attention to get more developers interested in it. You know. with FOSS you can only solve a problem by adding more developers to the mix. There is just no other way.
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