How to Install MeeGo on VirtualBox
September 20th, 2010 - 11:30 AM
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MeeGo is a hot topic among mobile OS application developers. This tutorial will show you how to install MeeGo (with a working UI) on VirtualBox or on VMWare. MeeGo spun off as a result of amalgamation of Moblin and Maemo projects and it sure is getting ready to set the stage on fire. A while ago, I posted about the upcoming UI and how multitasking is possibly being taken into account. You can visit this article to have a look at the same. Now, I know there are many among us who wish to take a look at whatever is new in the tech world, but are afraid to risk their systems which might get bad due to improper installations. Therefore, most of us try to do such things on virtual environments.
If you wish to install MeeGo on your netbook, then follow this guide. You can also boot from the Live CD and take a tour of the mobile OS, in case you don’t wish to install it directly on your hard drive.
Now, there are a few things not so pleasant about running MeeGo. First and foremost, only Intel based motherboards/chipsets would be supported (effectively Intel and Nokia are narrowing down the user base – Android could beat them at this). Secondly, a full fledged UI mode is officially not supported to run on a VM. Well, the second point is not exactly true, and below, you’ll find a way of how things have been worked around and that’s how you get MeeGo running on VirtualBox. I haven’t tried this on VMWare, but I believe it shouldn’t matter; the same process should be application to run MeeGo on VMWare.
Follow the tutorial below very closely:-
Step 1: Setup
Step 2: Installation
Step 3: Final Steps
Do no update MeeGo. If you do so by mistake, MeeGo would stop working and you’d have to start from the beginning again (skipping the VirtualBox installation part). This build has all applications intact and working. It has Chromium instead of Chrome as a web-browser, but everything else on the applications part remains the same to what you get in the newer builds. The UI is a bit laggy – as MeeGo was never made to run on VMs, but still it does the job of giving you a good experience of the mobile OS. Enjoy running MeeGo!
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You can also watch the video tutorial posted below:-
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