The MeeGo 1.1 images for the N900 have just been released into the wild and are now available for download. But before you get too excited, do keep in mind that MeeGo 1.1 not ready to be used as a primetime OS on the N900 and that the images have been released following a release cycle, rather than waiting for everything to mature first.
MeeGo 1.1 is a stepping stone to MeeGo 1.2 which will make the user experience to an acceptable level. There is active discussion happening about the present release on the TMO forums, have a look if you are interested.
There is no easy to use noob guide to dual boot between Maemo and MeeGo on the N900 yet, but if you want a sneak peak at the signs of things to come, Carsten Munk (@stskeeps) has put together a brief demo showing the N900 booting between Maemo and MeeGo pretty seamlessly.
Carsten is the official maintainer of the MeeGo Nokia N900 hardware adaptation and goes on to say:
MeeGo 1.1 isn’t out yet, give us a little bit of time. What will happen if things go right:
* Package install from extras-devel that enables the u-boot boot loader.
* Upon startup, if there is a SD card that’s bootable, it will boot the SD card, with MeeGo. Otherwise, it will boot Maemo.
More customized setups are possible for the daring.
MeeGo will not come to the N900 officially i.e. Nokia will not provide it via the Nokia Software Updater or any other sort of download. However, like I have said before, there will be a community based version which you will be able to install by following a brief tutorial. The pieces are almost in place, its only a matter of time.
Well in time for the MeeGo Conference next month, Nokia has just started the rollout of the all new PR 1.3 firmware (v20.2010.36-2) for the N900. The update is available over the air (OTA) in the UK with other countries expected to follow suit tomorrow. It should also be available via Nokia’s Software Updater in the coming days.
Once the firmware images become available, you can also simply grab the vanilla version for PR 1.3 for your region and get flashing using this guide. If you are on a Mac, this is the guide to follow. The new firmware brings bug fixes, stability improvements and support for Nokia’s Ovi Suite. The Nokia Music Store will also be accessible from the device allowing for DRM free downloads.
This firmware is also supposed to aid developers (& power users?) in dual booting their devices into MeeGo and I suspect this would be the main draw come November and the MeeGo Conference.
If you are developer, you should be pleased to know that the new firmware:
‘It also aligns the Qt application and UI framework with the planned version for the MeeGo 1.1 platfrom (Qt 4.7). Qt Mobility 1.0.2 APIs for mobile development are also included’. Essentially, even without MeeGo1.1 handsets, you can built now apps for it using the N900 running PR1.3, and Qt4.7.
Fortunately, I’m headed to the MeeGo Conference and will be keeping a eye out on the latest. Make sure you follow @TheHandheldBlog on Twitter or grab our full feed RSS to keep on top of the latest.
The heads just keep rolling at Nokia. After OPK and Anssi Vanjoki, Ari Jaaksi becomes the latest of Nokia’s top brass to leave the company. Ari Jaaksi was the VP incharge of Nokia’s MeeGo devices and had been at Nokia since 1998. Since 2003, he had been working on the Linux-based Maemo OS that first powered Nokia’s Internet tablet devices and then the N900.
According to Nokia spokesperson Tapani Kaskinen, Jaaksi’s resignation won’t affect MeeGo’s rollout with the first device still expected before the end of the year. The move does come as a huge surprise, specially when the results of the years of hardwork are just about to come out with the N9. Reports suggest that his departure has nothing to do with the change in management. One reason could be creative differences between Peter Skillman and him, the ex-palm man that Nokia’s hired to make the MeeGo UI awesome (pure speculation). The point is that we may never know the real reasons for his departure, but the timing sure shocks.
Change is good, but not when the entire old guard leaves.
The the MeeGo preview for the N900 first came out, in order to install it you need to make your own image and then flash it onto the N900. Things have moved along since then and a ready to flash MeeGo image is now available from Nokia’s own servers. So if you have been wanting to install MeeGo on the N900 but have been waiting for it to become just a little easier, the necessary guides are here.
But before you embark on the MeeGo journey with your N900, please keep in mind that this is still very much a developmental release and that it holds no value for an everyday users and if you think you fall under that category, its better to hold off. There also some issues with backlighting, which are being discussed here.
A video showing off an iteration of the MeeGo OS has popped up on the internet and from all indications, it looks like Nokia’s MeeGo UI. What lends credence to this fact is the Ovi Store demo that forms a part of the video.
The UI looks incredibly slick and I can’t wait till Nokia World when Nokia will reveal its first MeeGo device and if this UI is anything to go by, we have a fight on our hands!