MeeGo-Successor Tizen Is Still Vaporware
Written by Michael Larabel in Intel on 3 January 2012 at 10:31 PM EST. 17 Comments
Following the September announcement of the Linux-based Tizen platform and that Intel will transition to it from MeeGo, along with other vendors making changes, there's been some controversy.

Immediately after the HTML5-loving Tizen project was announced, many MeeGo community developers and other stakeholders weren't too happy in the situation -- for the outlook of the proposed OS itself or how the announcement was handled, Many MeeGo developers were looking for a new community alternative.

Well, with a few months having passed, a former MeeGo developer blogged his side of the status update.

The status update basically comes down to: Tizen is still vaporware with membership being basically invite-only, the official Nokia Maemo platform is no longer actively developed but there is some community left, and MeeGo as a project itself is also basically deceased. There is though some work around the Mer Project as a community-based project with similar intentions to MeeGo.

Last I've heard is that the first Tizen development release is likely to come this quarter -- perhaps hearing more next week in Las Vegas at the Consumer Electronics Show from Intel and other vendors.

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