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HP snaps up Meego boss

Can webOS ever be as popular as Meego?

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Ari Jaaksi, who until so recently was running Nokia's Meego project, has been recruited by HP to bring some of that Meego magic to its own webOS.

Ari Jaaksi left Nokia early this month for what were described at the time as "personal reasons". We can only assume those personal reasons included not being shackled to a sinking ship or copping the blame when Nokia's last, best, hope goes down with all hands as he's now boasting the title of Senior Vice President with responsibility for webOS.

Not that webOS is unsinkable, but at least it has a device or two on the market, and some respect for its technical competence.

Palm took even longer than Apple to understand that not all applications should be written in HTML, introducing a native development kit (PDK) in March this year, but the platform has a fan base and with HP's backing new devices are eagerly awaited.

True devotees can get Meego running with a hack or two, and it has the backing of Nokia and Intel so can't be discounted, but it seems that Ari Jaaksi would prefer to bet his future on webOS - a conclusion with which it's hard to disagree. ®

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