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MeeGo isn’t just for netbooks and smartphones. The In-Vehicle Infotainment (IVI) branch might someday power the computer system on your automobile.

The MeeGo project [1] launched in February of 2010, when it was widely described as the “merger” of two existing consumer-oriented Linux distributions: Intel’s Moblin, which targeted low-resource netbooks, and Nokia’s Maemo, which was designed for smartphones. Nokia’s recent decision to back-burner its own MeeGo smartphone strategy has left many to speculate on the future of the MeeGo project; however, MeeGo’s modular design means it isn’t limited to just smartphones and netbooks.

MeeGo is a highly compliance driven Linux project designed to produce a base platform for all sorts of embedded Linux products while remaining as close as possible to compatibility with “standard” desktop Linux distributions. Central to MeeGo’s design is its separation of the core OS from the “user experience” (UX) component; the handset and netbook UXs are just two possibilities.Handsets, tablets, netbooks, set-top devices – any device “running MeeGo” will be API- and ABI-compatible with any other MeeGo device of the same generation.

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