Intel MeeGo ExoPC Developer Preview Tablet

Intel MeeGo ExoPC Developer Preview Tablet

Hi, I have just received an intel app up developer preview tablet from a conference in London. The UI and the functionality is so basic I am truly wondering where MeeGo has a place in the tablet market. All the honeycomb android tablets given to my friends who attended Google IO are amazing. They are fully functional editions of android with apps, widgets, they can do everything out of the box. They show people their tablet and everyone loves it. I wouldn't want to show them anything with this tablet. Any android or iPad user would just laugh at me if I showed them this tablet. Functionality... WHAT FUNCTIONALITY!!! The MeeGo developer preview even struggles doing the basic of tasks. The bullet points sighting the known issue with the build is staggering as to what it CANT do. What it can do isn't much better, listed here: https://meego.com/downloads/releases/1. ... er-preview What can I do to make this tablet: a) not crash constantly b) have an app store c) without a USB cable how am I supposed to use this as a dev device to upload and tests app upon d) solve any of the problems with the current preview build - should I flash it with a 1.2.80 build or a 1.2.0.90 latest build??? any help is appeciated, I have a huge paper weight on my desk, I really want to like MeeGo. I followed Moblin and Maemo for a long time and have been waiting for this. please help me if you can. Craig.
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Hello Craig,

unfortunately I have to agree that MeeGo is not a "perfect" system yet; there are still some issue, especially in the tablet version (I think the netbook UI is better already).

But maybe I still can answer some of your questions:

a) not crash constantly

I don't have many crashes anymore since I flashed it with the current developer preview (1.2.0.90).

b) have an app store

You can install the beta version of the AppUp Center by using this package:
http://appdeveloper.intel.com/sites/files/meego/appupclient/tablet/com.intel.appup-tablet-2.5.22438.27-1.1.i586.rpm

c) without a USB cable how am I supposed to use this as a dev device to upload and tests app upon

I just use my WLAN connection which works perfectly for debugging.

d) solve any of the problems with the current preview build - should I flash it with a 1.2.80 build or a 1.2.0.90 latest build???

Definitely yes: MeeGo really get's better with every new release (= they fix more issues than they make new ones ;-) ).

Best regards
Andreas

Hi Andreas,

Thanks for your reply. I'll try these out tonight after I get in from work.

Do you know what the difference is between 1.2.80 and 1.2.0.90? I only found them by browsing the MeeGo download repository? is the 1.2.80 going to become 1.3? Which would you recommend?

I was hoping it was wireless debugging, I love my adb wireless on android.

Thanks,
Craig.

Hello Craig,

Do you know what the difference is between 1.2.80 and 1.2.0.90? I only found them by browsing the MeeGo download repository? is the 1.2.80 going to become 1.3? Which would you recommend?

I have to say that I don't know the differences. Currently I'm using this image and it works quite good:
http://repo.meego.com/MeeGo/snapshots/testing/1.2.0.90/1.2.0.90.6.20110628.84/images/meego-tablet-ia32-pinetrail/meego-tablet-ia32-pinetrail-1.2.0.90.6.20110628.84.img

I was hoping it was wireless debugging, I love my adb wireless on android.

But when using the WLAN network, it is wireless, too, isn't it?

Best regards
Andreas

I wrote an article on how to create a multi-boot EXOPC: the WeTab UI lets you have a full-featured MeeGo-based EXOPC and you can have the MeeGo Alpha installed to develop with as well. See the article here:

http://appdeveloper.intel.com/en-us/blog/2011/07/07/creating-multi-boot-exopc-tablet

I second the original poster, and in fact wonder if there's a way to install as a dual-boot the win7+exoUI that is usually native on the exoPC tablets.

--Aaron

MeeGo is linux, thus my solution is "Linux Everywhere for Meego(lem)" http://wiki.meego.com/MeeGo-Lem

Most Qt based apps work quite well on the tablet and some Gnome ones do as well:
http://nielsmayer.com/meego/tab

Many of the "bugs" and glitches seen in the above are happening less because I've updated to a more recent 1.2.0.90 build:

meegotab-2-~> cat /etc/zypp/repos.d/1.2-oss.repo
[1.2-oss]
name=MeeGo:1.2:oss (standard)
priority=1
enabled=1
autorefresh=0
#baseurl=http://download.meego.com/live/MeeGo:/1.2:/oss/standard/
#baseurl=http://repo.meego.com/MeeGo/builds/1.2.0.90/1.2.0.90.5.20110621.5/repos/oss/ia32/packages
#baseurl=http://repo.meego.com/MeeGo/snapshots/stable/1.2.0.90/1.2.0.90.11.20110728.1/repos/oss/ia32/packages
baseurl=http://download.meego.com/snapshots/1.2.0.90.12.20110809.2/repos/oss/ia32/packages
type=rpm-md
gpgcheck=1
gpgkey=file:/etc/pki/rpm-gpg/RPM-GPG-KEY-meego
[1.2-oss-debuginfo]
name=1.2-oss-debuginfo
enabled=0
autorefresh=0
#?baseurl=http://download.meego.com/live/MeeGo:/1.2:/oss/standard/?
#baseurl=http://repo.meego.com/MeeGo/builds/1.2.0.90/1.2.0.90.5.20110621.5/repos/oss/ia32/debug
#baseurl=http://repo.meego.com/MeeGo/snapshots/stable/1.2.0.90/1.2.0.90.11.20110728.1/repos/oss/ia32/debug
baseurl=http://download.meego.com/snapshots/1.2.0.90.12.20110809.2/repos/oss/ia32/debug
type=NONE
gpgcheck=1
gpgkey=file:/etc/pki/rpm-gpg/RPM-GPG-KEY-meego
[1.2-oss-source]
name=1.2-oss-source
enabled=0
autorefresh=0
#?baseurl=http://download.meego.com/live/MeeGo:/1.2:/oss/standard/?
#baseurl=http://repo.meego.com/MeeGo/builds/1.2.0.90/1.2.0.90.5.20110621.5/repos/oss/source
#baseurl=http://repo.meego.com/MeeGo/snapshots/stable/1.2.0.90/1.2.0.90.11.20110728.1/repos/oss/source
type=NONE
gpgcheck=1
gpgkey=file:/etc/pki/rpm-gpg/RPM-GPG-KEY-meego

I like Meego, it's got a lot of promise, but it still has a ways to go before it's something other than a hobby OS for netbooks. For all the affection I have for it though, there are times I really struggle against the impulse to just put Win7 back on it so I don't have to rebuild my wireless driver every time I download an update.

I have tried out various MeeGo versions. And I like 1.2 or the improvements from 1.0 .. I have also tried out the netbook edition on the exoPC but the touchscreen seems flaky and the mouse never settles down and constantly jiggles around which is quite anoying. But I really like meego, it's interface, and themeing. I notice myself and others take a minute to figure out the click/ddouble-click or how the interface functions but once that hundle is donw it makes a good liittle system tp run. I would love to compiz-fuzion included... I also am interested in how much Tizen builds on meego.

MeeGo.

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