MeeGo Community Investigates Tizen Alternatives
Phoronix: MeeGo Community Investigates Tizen Alternatives
Last month the Tizen project was announced with Intel and the Linux Foundation transitioning their support from MeeGo to Tizen. The LiMo Foundation and Samsung are also joining the new mobile open-source OS project. However, many in the MeeGo community remain less than enthusiastic about this new Linux OS that focuses upon HTML5 APIs for applications and abandoning the ways of MeeGo...
This seriously pissed me off.
I bought a Nokia N900, I had always wanted one of their internet tablets, but couldn't afford one. But then when I was upgrading my cell phone, I saw the N900 and thought it was the most awesome piece of hardware that I'd seen in a long time. I had an Android phone for a month before it, and I hated Android, it cries out to be good, but just doesn't make it.
Maemo on the other hand is everything I wanted in a tiny device. Debian based, full Xorg, etc. But then Nokia decided to bend us over and not release Maemo 6 (well, they did.. but N9 isn't exactly available to the people who want it.) Then they doubly bent us over for dropping out of MeeGo, and now Intel does the same, after they had already said "yeah, we're supporting it, even if Nokia told us to eat shit."
Then they announced Tizen? A Web based piece of crap? Sure Maemo had a feature where you could save a bookmark as a icon, making it somehow a 'application of a web page!' A feature I've never used. I noticed Gnome 3.x has the same feature now, but again, what really is the point in that?
HTML5 is not the end all solution to everything, neither is 'cloud' computing. In this day and age not everyone has 100% uptime of all internet services. Tizen is for the most part still supposed to be a full Linux distribution, but they just want to concentrate on HTML5 applications... whatever for? Don't applications run slow enough on mobile hardware? Look at some of the memory footprints that browsers have, especially with flash and other things. They get huge.
At this stage, I just want a tablet that has source code for the hardware and I can put whatever Linux distribution on it I want. Would love a tablet with Arch Linux and Gnome 3.2.1. Gnome 3.x is even designed in part after Maemo 5, which as I said earlier I think is the greatest touch screen based operating system right now. I have a HP Touchsmart with Gnome 3.2.1 and it works quite nicely. Windows 7 on the same tabletPC is crap.