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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  • 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.


  • Moblin's 'home page' is called the 'm_zone', which is accessed via the left-most of a row of icons at the top of the screen. There are three vertically arranged zones: PIM items such as appointments and to-do tasks to the left (with favourite applications at the bottom); recently used files in the middle; and updates from your social networking contacts (currently Twitter and to the right. Hovering the mouse over an item in this zone shows you the contact who sent it.


  • Moblin's Status pane (seen at the top of the page) lets you update your Twitter status.


Topics: Operating Systems, Reviews, Software


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