Moblin’s strategy for mobile Linux on Mobile Internet Devices (MIDs) built around the Intel Atom processor has, according to the project’s steering committee, reached the Moblin v2.1 project release which features so-called “broad” feature additions including 3G data support and Bluetooth device support.
Already reported on ZDNetUK, the new “customer requested improvements” also include enhanced browser functionality and plug-in support, UI enhancements, input method support for localised languages and an integrated application installer for the Moblin Garage online application store.
Not without its critics, Moblin’s sheer size does appear to suggest that the number of recent bug fixes goes into the hundreds. User feedback from the developer community appears, unsurprisingly perhaps, to have had the most cosmetic impact (if you will) on the operation of the browser. Spending pragmatic time on practical elements of the total offering and focusing on the application store (to make lists more logically categorised) would also appear to be prudent.
But Bluetooth support, 3G data provisioning, a properly functioning browser, localisation for French, Spanish, German and Chinese – all good, but surely these are not major enhancements, this is just essential box ticking. Intel is referring to these developments and “polish”, shouldn't they be calling them fundamental building blocks?
Is it too harsh to suggest that, as admirable as these improvements are, that they should be more clearly positioned as cornerstone elements of a total programme rather than the sizzle on the sausage? If MIDs continue to proliferate as they are doing, then users will demand these functionalities from the get-go surely?