“This move could substantially broaden MeeGo’s scope,” Paul wrote, “transforming it from a mobile platform into a general purpose Linux distro.”
MeeGo is an open source mobile operating system that represents the merging of Nokia and Intel’s Linux-based mobile operating systems.
Paul wrote that Intel Vice President Doug Fisher said that while Intel is expanding MeeGo to include laptops and desktops, they have no desire to compete with existing Linux distros, such as, Ubuntu.
“Intel doesn’t really want to be a Linux distributor,” Paul said, “the company’s goal is to supply a heavily optimized reference implementation that other Linux vendors can use. That is consistent with the approach that Intel pursued with Moblin prior to the launch of the MeeGo project.”