Does anyone know if it will be technically possible to install MeeGo on the N8?
I'm in the market to buy a new phone (my iPhone 3G is being a real dog) and hardware-wise, the N8 is what I crave, but OS-wise, I'm thinking Symbian^3 would eventually piss me off. I'm thinking it will take all of my willpower to hold off until the fabled N9 arrives running MeeGo.
As for the N9, there is a QT seminar in Dublin coming up in November & I've heard from a couple of sources that we may see something re the N9 there (but more credible sources say that the device should not be expected before MWC '11).
Also, The Meego release for the N900 is not officially supported by Nokia and not the N9 version (different UI layers etc) but the community (stock) version of Meego.
PR1.3 is expected before Christmas. As with 1.2, ymmv depending on the carrier.
I thought about getting rid of the N900 to make way for WP7 but it's a tough decision as there's a lot I like about the N900 (as well as a lot I hate) - so the announcement for Meego was a nice 'present' in that I can hang onto the Nokia as a 'noodling handset'. Well that, and because the resale value of these things is in the toilet :p
You're better off waiting. Or giving Windows Mobile a whirl if you don't want to go the Android route as a temporary stepping stone.
Nokia had a lot of trouble getting developers on board with the N900 due to the lack of DRM & this was visible with angry birds getting cracked within hours repeatedly.
Since Nokia are looking for a 6 month release cycle of OS upgrades, Meego might not be as flexible as previous versions for some users.
Re the n900 and s^3 frustrations, you should really try and get your hands on that thing. The hardware cannot be described in words & the SW is a world of difference in comparison to v5.
There are a ton of things to improve on and Nokia have already promised a complete re-write of the e-mail client and web browser soon (Feb according to Eldar and "looking at getting it out before the end of the year" according to Nokia sources ive heard from). If you're well versed with Symbian & want a great entertainment device then the N8 should be given atleast some hands on time imho.
As AOD suggests Android as a temp stepping stone, ive been rocking the N1 since April when the wifi on my N900 went bust. IMHO Android is a step down from Maemo and the N900. Sure it has its +'s and the n900 its -'s, but the over all experience & the freedom you get used to on the n900 are superior. Ymmv of course :).