Learning to live with MeeGo

I have been using MeeGO 1.0 for almost four weeks. My first impression is that, out of the box, MeeGo is an excellent OS for Net Book users. It boots up quickly and has a clean desktop user interface, which makes it very easy to see running apps. It is nice to see that Intel is now demoing a version with touch functionality, which will make the UI truly excellent for mobile phone and Net Book users.

 

The main problem with MeeGo – and for that matter any Linux distro – is that if you want to do something not included in the distribution, things can become increasingly difficult.

 

I spent last weekend hacking the MeeGo OS to try and get Audacity, the open source sound editor, to work. You’ll need a load of source code/dev.lib packages, to provide the development tools and various libraries, in order to ./configure audacity successfully. My estimate, is that a make compilation takes around 40 mins. Installation through make install puts the Audacity icon on the MeeGo desktop, which does save an awful lot of time figuring out how to do this.Here’s a screenshot of it running on MeeGo…but it’s not quite working yet. I still need to figure out how to configure Audacity to use my sound device.

 

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