Intel's Moblin 2 Atom Linux distro goes alpha

The second version of the Intel-led, netbook/MID-centric Moblin distribution has gone into its alpha phase. The Moblin Project made the initial version available for testing on Monday.

The second version of the Intel-led, netbook/MID-centric Moblin distribution has gone into its alpha phase. The Moblin Project made the initial version available for testing on Monday.

A key feature of the new version is "Fastboot", which is pretty much what it says on the tin. The Project promises "unprecedented speed for a general purpose Linux". Also included is the new ConnMan connectivity manager and the new Moblin Image Creator and installation tool.

The UI is "under heavy development" and the final version "will not be based on XFCE", apparently. 3D performance is also "known to be slow". The required specs for Moblin 2 appear to include the Atom or a Core 2 Duo processor - I wonder if the half-Intel-half-nVidia Ion platform will be supported, come the final version...

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