For those not in the know, MeeGo is a Linux-based operating system being backed by Intel. It is kind of a big deal because Intel intends MeeGo to compliment its new Atom based processors which Intel hopes will find their way into tablets and smartphones as well as netbooks. The problem with putting Atom into those devices is that Atom is x86 based, while most mobile operating systems are focused on ARM based processors. This has required Intel to come up with its own mobile operating system in order to ensure that there is actually software which runs well on Intel Atom processors as they start to infiltrate smaller devices.
MeeGo has now found its way into the wild, where it is being reviewed by various computer geeks. The folks at Ars Technica took a look at MeeGo from a general design standpoint. Their ultimate conclusion is that MeeGo is a bit disappointing right now, but has promise. Phoronix, on the other hand, took a look at MeeGo’s performance found that while it was poor in OpenGL, it allows for very quick boot times.
It should be noted that this initial release of MeeGo is for netbooks only. The basics will remain the same throughout devices, but we can expect interface changes when MeeGo arrives on tablets and smartphones. So far, MeeGo seems decisively ”meh” but the fast performance indicates this could at least be competitive in the mobile space.