Web site:
Origin: Germany
Category: Embedded, Mobile, Others
Desktop environment: GUI
Architecture: x86, PowerPC
Based on: µnOS
Media: Install
The last version | Released: 1.2 | October 22, 2006

Symobi (“System for mobile applications”) – a modern and mobile OS. It is based on the µnOS operating system which incorporates the Sphere microkernel. Symobi offers a complete graphical OS environment with services, a graphical user interface, standard programs, and drivers. The operating system is designed for the use in embedded and mobile systems, but is also suitable for other purposes.

Symobi is platform independent by architecture. Hence, it can be deployed on all modern processor architectures. Nevertheless, there is some work to do to really port Symobi to a new hardware platform. But this work is easy to do since only platform specific mechanisms (e.g. MMU) have to be implemented. There are no architectural changes to be made and there is no higher level programming work to do. As a result, Symobi can be ported to a new platform within weeks and to another processor model of an already supported platform within days. This basic ability of Symobi is liked a lot by our customers since it allows them to choose the hardware they really want and need for their application instead of having to choose a hardware fitting the RTOS used.

Valuable Abilities:
– real-time
– small size/footprint
– high provable stability/reliability
– simplicity
– high performance
– small, efficient API
– embeddable

Modern Features:
– multi-core/multi-processor support
– multi-platform
– client/server architecture
– isolated hardware driver architecture
– light-weight multithreading & multitasking
– strongly protected process spaces
– wide-range scalability

Supported Hardware:
– x386 / IA32
– ARM / XScale
– PowerPC


Symobi 1.2 Wave Live Demo i386
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Symobi 1.2 PowerPC Live Demo
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Symobi 1.2 VMware Image Live Demo
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Web site:
Origin: Norway
Category: Mobile
Desktop environment: Hildon
Architecture: ARM
Based on: Debian
Wikipedia: Maemo
The last version | Released: 5.0 PR 1.3.1 | November 1, 2011

Maemo – a Linux based operating system and mobile platform from the Finnish communications and information technology corporation, Nokia. Software applications designed to run on the Maemo platform are developed by the Maemo Community, a nonprofit, open source community sponsored by Nokia.

Maemo is a modified version of the Debian GNU/Linux distribution, reconfigured for mobile devices. It uses libraries from the GNOME project, the Matchbox window manager and the GTK-based Hildon framework as its GUI and application framework. The GUI uses the GTK+ toolkit and Hildon user interface widgets and API.

Maemo operating system is designed for Nokia Internet Tablets, which feature very similar specifications to Nokia’s high-end N-series and E-series cellphones, with TI OMAP ARM SoCs, large screens, and expandable internal storage.

Maemo comes with a number of built-in applications such as Mozilla-based MicroB browser, Macromedia Flash player, Gizmo5, and Skype.
More applications can be installed from a 3rd party sources, via “Application manager”, or APT and dpkg.

At the Mobile World Congress in February 2010, it was announced that the Maemo project would be merging with Moblin to create the MeeGo mobile software platform. Despite that, the Maemo community continued to be active, and in late 2012 Nokia began transferring Maemo ownership to the newly established Hildon Foundation.


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