The MeeGo platform, which itself is a combination of Moblin and Maemo, is being replaced by the Linux Foundation and Intel’s new mobile OS named Tizen. Judging by the rocky past of its predecessors, the project seems doomed to fail (or be once again merged, replaced, or abandoned), but this time the developers believe that the project will be a success due to its “robust” HTML5 base. Like MeeGo, Tizen is designed to be a completely open-source OS that can run on a variety of hardware, from phones and tablets to TVs and netbooks. While it’s unlikely that the system will gain any serious traction against iOS or Android, it’s always a good idea to have a fallback OS on the burner for alternative devices or low-end phones.
Today we are happy to welcome you to Tizen, a new open source project that is the home of the Tizen software platform, a mobile and device operating system based on Linux and other popular upstream projects. Tizen will support multiple device categories, such as smartphones, tablets, smart TVs, netbooks, and in-vehicle infotainment devices. The Linux Foundation will host the project, where Tizen development will be completely open and led by a technical steering team composed of Intel and Samsung.