Linux-Based Moblin 2.0 Alpha Geared Towards Netbooks
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The Moblin Project is a project by Intel, designed to produce a Linux-based toolkit for mobile devices. The projuct recently released an alpha version of its second-generation “Moblin V2”, and it’s targetting not MIDs but – you guessed it – netbooks.
Moblin.org says the Moblin V2 Core Alpha for Netbooks is available for testing now, and we’re as excited as ever. While the MID version of the Moblin toolkit will take until 2010 for release, the netbook plan will move into beta in April.
The focus of the Linux-based mobile stack isn’t MIDs, as before. Intel wants to put Moblin in a netbook, demonstrating the growing role of the mobile devices.
LinuxDevices.com mentioned multiple-level testing of several new and awesome features in the alpha version of Moblin 2.0, which we lifted right from their page:
- Core Linux OS, boot process, inter-process, and package interactions
- New “Fastboot” feature of Moblin, which fundamentally improves boot time
- Connectivity and networking, using the new ConnMan connectivity manager.
- Kernel 2.6.29-rc2.
- Moblin Core Components (first look), including Clutter and all other UI development tools (see video below)
- Xserver 1.6 (with DRI2)
- New Moblin Image Creator (MIC2) and installation tool
Linux has had a huge role in netbook technology since the beginning, being the first OS to be featured on netbooks such as the Acer Aspire One and MSI Wind. Moblin should augment netbooks in the future, and be an excellent tool for netbook users everywhere.
Be sure to check out this video we found ot Moblin’s ‘Clutter’ UI, a touch-capable feature that could mean big things for netbooks: