A new mobile Linux project is starting to take shape that combines the efforts of the LiMo Foundation and the Linux Foundation. The new Tizen project is set to be hosted by the Linux Foundation, which has been the home of the Meego project. LiMo is home to multiple vendors, including Samsung and Panasonic.
Tizen is set to leverage HTML5 to promote the development of an open Linux-based mobile platform. The first release of Tizen is scheduled for the first quarter of 2012.
For Intel’s part, the move away from Meego to Tizen is also a shift toward HTML5.
“Shifting to HTML5 doesn’t just mean slapping a web runtime on an existing Linux, even one aimed at mobile, as MeeGo has been,” Imad Sousou Meego’s technical steering group co-leader wrote in a blog post.”Emphasizing HTML5 means that APIs not visible to HTML5 programmers need not be as rigid, and can evolve with platform technology and can vary by market segment.”