What we know today as Jolla was Maemo a few years ago. Maemo was started by a very small team of only a few dozens in 2005 and worked with limited resources with an aim to produce a product that will change the world. However, the project was always a part of bureaucratic dramas and faced an inside competition from Symbian, the old OS of Nokia which was under danger of being shut down after the release of Nokia 770 and Nokia N810. However, due to cost-cutting and low quality material being chosen for production, there was some strong criticism in the market. Then, the team decided to develop Maemo 6 but with Nokia collaborating with Intel’s Moblin, Maemo was sustained and MeeGo was started.Then, Harmattan UI was developed but due to one problem or the other, there were many UIs developed and abandoned. There were many devices including Columbus and N9-00 “Dali” which were planned for launch but delayed and finally cancelled.
Amidst this, Stephen Elop became the CEO of Nokia in 2010 and ended the collaboration with Intel due to slow growth. Therefore, the MeeGo project was cancelled and a new collaboration with Microsoft was initiated to start the new Windows Phone Flagship, Lumia series. But due to some strong intentions from the MeeGo workers, the project was again started under the bridge program of Nokia to avail jobs to those affected due to the abandonment of MeeGo project. Two ex-Nokia workers collaborated to form a new start-up, Jolla in 2012, an open source mobile operating system project similar to MeeGo.
That is just the small abstract of the full article – “The story of Nokia MeeGo”