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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.