Novell SUSE MeeGo Counters Ubuntu Netbooks
SUSE Linux is best-known as a server operating system. But Novell is looking to challenge both Windows and Ubuntu Linux in the netbook market. The effort involves the SUSE MeeGo OS for netbooks. Here are the details.
Quick refresher: SUSE MeeGo is built form the MeeGo project, which of course, is Linux. It was initially established by Intel and Nokia and designed to extend the usefulness of netbooks and other mobile devices. As always, since it’s based on Linux, there’s plenty to be said about affordability and extensibility.
The impetus behind the SUSE MeeGo release is a push from Novell to make themselves a leading OS vendor, but also to encourage netbook OEMs and design manufacturers to adopt Mobilin (the version of Linux MeeGo is based on).
Currently on board is Samsung and MSI. What’s more, Novell has established Novell OpenLabs in Taiwan to support more open source operating systems.
A showcase of MeeGO version 1.0 was available at the COMPUTEX 2010 conference and was an “active participant” in the Intel Atom Software Summit. Here in cyberspace, you can check it out at Novell’s site.
If you’re not looking to buy a MeeGo netbook pre-installed, you can install it on your own netbook — vanilla — no SUSE flavor — over at the MeeGo site.
Novell’s MeeGo effort involves serious competition. With the launch of Windows 7, Microsoft has largely regained a dominant position in the U.S. netbook market. And in some circles, Canonical’s Ubuntu Linux remains the best-known Linux distribution for netbooks.
SUSE Linux certainly has a well-known brand in the data center. We’ll be watching to see if Novell can extend and strengthen that brand on netbooks.