Novell today announced it will release SUSE® MeeGo as a fully supported operating system for netbooks. Novell expects SUSE MeeGo to be pre-installed on a variety of devices from Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs) in the next twelve months.
SUSE MeeGo is built on the codestream from the MeeGo Project, the new Linux-based operating system established by Intel and Nokia and designed for next-generation netbooks and other mobile devices. The planned shipment of SUSE MeeGo with multiple hardware OEMs further extends Novell's leadership in this rapidly growing market, and gives users a powerful and affordable alternative to existing desktop computing environments.
"Our commitment to ship SUSE MeeGo further extends our position as the leading OS vendor in the desktop Linux market," said Guy Lunardi, director of Client Preloads at Novell. "Novell is passionate about providing users with a better computing experience and MeeGo will deliver on that promise. Our experience as the leading commercial provider of desktop Linux* environments - from thin clients, to workstations, through netbooks, notebooks and desktop devices - puts us in a great position to deliver SUSE MeeGo to a broad base of original equipment and device manufacturers."
SUSE MeeGo builds on the longstanding collaboration between Novell and Intel to encourage OEMs and original design manufacturers (ODMs) to adopt Moblin. This effort has met with strong success, as large ODMs, including Samsung and MSI, have shipped netbook and mobile devices powered by SUSE Moblin. A leading contributor to the Moblin project, Novell is now also a key participant in the development of MeeGo. To support the development of new Linux-based operating systems, Novell has established Novell® OpenLabs in Taiwan, in conjunction with the local government there.
"Novell's support of MeeGo only further establishes their commitment to enhancing the mobile Linux experience," said Doug Fisher, vice president of the Software and Services Group and general manager of the Systems Software Division at Intel Corporation. "SUSE MeeGo together with Intel® AtomTM processor-based platforms will provide consumers choice for Linux operating systems on netbooks and emerging mobile devices."
Novell will be showcasing SUSE MeeGo 1.0 at the COMPUTEX conference in Taipei, Taiwan beginning today. In addition, Novell will be an active participant in the Intel* Atom* Software Summit as both a speaker and technology showcase provider. To learn more about SUSE MeeGo visit Novell booth L401-L404 at the Nangang Exhibition Hall during the show.
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