Please note that this is most likely deprecated for newer MeeGo
is a new linux distro which targets phones , netbook and other embedded devices . It’s a joint between Nokia’s Maemo linux and Intel backed Moblin . Version 1.0 was released not long ago . Officially supports Nokia N900 and Atom-based netbooks . But of course , if you want to take a look at it , you can run it inside a virtual machine . And from what I saw over the net , there’s already an un-official version that can run on x86 , using a normal kernel .
For the start , you should know that MeeGo is a rpm distribution , so prepair to use yum 😛
I’m using VirtualBox for virtualization , but if you prefer something else , I saw Meego can work on Qemu and Vmware too. I used VirtualBox 3.1 . First step is to get the cd image from here . VB might not see the .img file , so in open box , select “All files”.
Create a new machine . I installed on 384MB , but the more , the better . You need to enable PAE/PAX , otherwise it won’t boot . After you made the new machine , start it . Select install MeeGo , and bla bla bla ( means a pretty normal linux GUI instalation ) .
At first boot , comes the moment of truth . If you are lucky , it will boot in the graphical desktop . Otherwise …
Boot again , and press Esc key . On the boot line options , deselect “quiet” and boot . To get a terminal press alt+F1 . enter your login , do a “sudo su” and then a
. This should kill the X server with tries to start , but fails ( use alt+F1 to get back to terminal until it’s killed ). Now .. : do a
yum install wget
and after wget is installed , do a
. Now you need to copy this to /usr/lib/xorg/modules/extensions/libglx.so . Maybe a
chmod u+s /usr/bin/Xorg
might be needed also.
Now you can reboot ( or do a “init 5” and “startx” , but better reboot ) . Normally , now you should get the GUI . On my laptop , mutter ( the GUI ) is SLOW , but look awesome . Not sure why is slow , maybe because of video … or because the kernel is optimized for Atom CPUs . Anyway , works for a preview and you can make an idea of what this OS will become . Practicly you will be able to have (almost) anything that runs on a desktop linux in your phone . It comes with several apps like Chrome , Emphaty ( a gnome IM client ) , Evolution ( mail client ) , Banshee ( media player ) etc.
I’m really curios how Nokia will direct the progress of Meego … well actually how both Intel & Nokia will do it . I’m saying this because Nokia is the patron of KDE and Qt . This Meego first version is based on a gnome/gtk interface ( and even more ,it has Banshee with is based on the damn Mono ( .net clone) ) .
Credits goes to from here in helping me making this work .