Moblin v2.0 beta: screenshots

Moblin v2.0 beta: screenshots

Summary: Version 2.0 of the latest Linux distribution for mobile devices is available for beta testing. We downloaded Moblin and ran it on a Samsung netbook.

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  • Netbooks have been selling like hot cakes for more than a year, and operating systems are becoming better tuned for the small-screen, relatively low-spec mobile platform. The days when you had to accept Windows Vista being shoehorned onto a netbook are, thankfully, behind us.

    The latest netbook OS contender is an Intel-instigated Linux distribution called Moblin, which is now hosted by the Linux Foundation. The beta of version 2.0, which adds a new graphical user interface, was released for public testing on May 19. We downloaded the Moblin V2 image and tried it out on a Samsung N120 netbook, which normally ships with Windows XP.

     

  • The heart of the Moblin platform is Moblin Core, which is built on the GNOME Mobile platform. This is augmented in version 2.0 with a new interface built using Clutter, an Intel-owned open-source GUI-creation tool. Moblin is also specifically optimised for Intel's Atom processor.

     

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