LiMo is a consortium of companies, including Samsung, whose goal is creating an open, hardware independent, version of Linux for mobile devices. A third partner, the Linux Foundation, is a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting the growth of Linux,
MeeGo, also a Linux-based OS, was originally conceived as a way to combine the efforts of Intel and Nokia, who were each working on their own Linux-based mobile operating systems, Moblin and Maemo.
Although other companies decided to join their efforts, Nokia's decision to jump ship and partner with Microsoft to create Windows Phone devices left MeeGo's future in limbo.
It's likely not a coincidence that the announcement of MeeGo's demise comes less than a week after Nokia released their only MeeGo phone.
Although both operating systems are are Linux-based, there are significant differences between MeeGo and Tizen.
MeeGo was oriented toward traditional app development, an approach inherited from Nokia's Maemo. Tizen, on the other hand will be focused on web-centric development built around HTML5 and WAC (Wholesale Applications Community) supported standards.
Linux Foundation Executive Director Jim Zemlin said:
The Linux Foundation is pleased to host the Tizen platform. Open source platforms such as Tizen are good for Linux as they further its adoption across device categories. We look forward to collaborating with the LiMo Foundation and its members on this project.
Written by: Rich Fiscus @ 28 Sep 2011 19:10