I finally got to try my hands on much talked about MeeGo OS. I have only three machines -- a Dell Mini 10, a Dell XPS 1330 and a customized i5, GTX 470 machine.
I downloaded MeeGo v1.0 for Netbooks, from here. Then I created a Live USB through UNetbooking, under Ubuntu 10.04. I plugged the USB in my Dell 1330, and restarted the machine. I entered BIOS and selected USB as the boot device.
The MeeGo OS is lightening fast. It booted in 'mini-seconds'. The entire OS was up and running. Since I always buy Linux supported hardware, there was no issue with detecting hardware. My Wifi was automatically detected and I entered the WEP password and I was connected to the rest of the world via my new MeeGo machine.
MeeGo offers some great applications pre-installed. Chome is the default browser. I visited the Manage Apps section and searched for GIMP. I clicked an installed GIMP. It was running faster than it runs under Ubuntu -- of course stupid comparison.
I was not able to content my webcam. I did not dig into the issue as I was running a Live session. When it came to turn off the machine, my traditional training told me to look for stud-down button, which I did not find anywhere. The reason is there is none. MeeGo is so fast at boot, start and shutdown that Intel decided not to add another button.
MeeGo is definitely a killed for netbooks. Canonical must pull up it socks and do more than just releasing the next version, otherwise netbook traffic is heading towards MeeGo highway.
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