Today it was announced that the Nokia N900 will gets its own port of the upcoming MeeGo OS in the form of the N900 MeeGo Developer Edition. The Nokia N900 will get its own dedicated team for this purpose.
Target is to make a Developer Edition of MeeGo for the Nokia N900 device. Flashed with this edition N900 will be usable as a primary phone device for a developer/hacker person. The focus is on meeting the non-functional targets (such as performance) rather than number of features. This will hopefully encourage more people to use MeeGo on N900, and continue enhancing the functionality or build new stuff.
Developer Edition is built from MeeGo 1.2 trunk content.
Core team for this project will include the current N900 HW adaptation team who have worked hard on the current build additional support can't be a bad thing.
Here is an email by Jukka eklund who is a product manager at Nokia announcing the fact on a MeeGo Development list:
Sender: [email protected]
Date: Thu, 3 Mar 2011 13:36:19
Subject: [MeeGo-dev] Announcing MeeGo 1.2 Developer Edition for N900
I am thrilled to announce a little thing we started at Nokia. Basically we want to have MeeGo running in N900 device, so that it’s really usable as your daily development device. Basic Handset UX should work, phone calls, SMS, web browsing. So we are concentrating on a few selected features and polish those to be “perfect”. It might mean that we leave out some things in MeeGo 1.2 trunk for this edition, but that is not the default intention.
We are doing this fully on the open, and I hope this is an interesting project where we all in the community work towards the same goal: have a great MeeGo edition in the N900. This work is naturally based on the great work done already by N900 adaptation team lead by Harri and Carsten.
The wiki is up here: http://wiki.meego.com/ARM/N900/DeveloperEdition. It will populated with more information as we go, thanks for the patience.
Jukka Developer Edition product manager
This should provide a usuable device labelled as a developer / hacker device and I suppose at the moment it might even fit the bill for its current audience. Will it achieve this and more? Time will tell but this we are not sure if this will be seen as too little too late yet again on Nokia's part.