moblin-linpus

Linpus Linux Lite is a Linux operating system designed for netbooks with slow processors and small screens. The Linux versions of the Acer Aspire One netbook have been using Linpus since day one. The team behind the operating system have a few new things in the works. First, Linpus will be showing off an updated version of its instant-on product at Computex. But the much more interesting product that will be on display is an updated version of Linpus based on Moblin V2 beta.

Moblin is another Linux distribution optimized for netbooks. The project was started by Intel, and is now run by the Linux Foundation. And while Linpus, Xandros, and a few other operating systems have tried to make the experience of using Linux on a netbook easier with large program launchers and a few other tweaks, Moblin goes much further by trying to change the way we interact with a computer. In fact, the Moblin interface almost feels more like a cellphone or internet kiosk UI than a traditional computer interface.

Linpus is the first company I’m aware of that’s developed a new operating system based on Moblin. Users will be able to select either the Moblin user interface or a Linpus UI. Linpus says the operating system boots in less than 15 seconds, and includes a “live desktop” which provides quick access to bookmarks, communication tools, applications and media. 

It’s not clear whether the new version of Linpus will be available for end users to download or if Linpus is primarily targeting the operating system at computer makers (like Asus, perhaps?) who could preinstall the OS on netbooks before selling them to consumers. 

You can find more photos of the Moblin-based version of Linpus Linux Lite at UMPC Portal.

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5 replies on “Linpus announces new Moblin-based Linux distro for netbooks”

  1. Hi Brad,
    Quick question please. I told my mate to buy a second hand HP 2133 cos it was good value for money. It came with vista on it and that is unbearably slow! I was going to get him to install Moblin or Ubuntu Netbook remix but both of them say they don’t work on C7-VIA processor netbooks – so what to do? Is it just win xp for him? He doesn’t use linux, so was hoping to get him onto an easy to use flavour but that doesn’t seem like its gonna happen. Didn’t you have a HP mini with netbook remix?
    Thanks in advance

    1. There’s a version of Ubuntu 8.04 customized for the Mini 2133 called Minbuntu:

      https://forums.mininoteuser.com/viewtopic.php?f=11&t=258&sid=52a7b6f48479b4f357c7e5efef889fdc

      But you can probably find out more about how to make Ubuntu 8.10 or
      9.04 work in the Ubuntu forums. If you do decide to install Windows
      XP, it does run *much* better than Vista on the Mini-Note. You can
      find my installation instructions here:

      https://www.liliputing.com/2008/04/install-windows-xp-on-mini-note-usb.html

    2. There’s a version of Ubuntu 8.04 customized for the Mini 2133 called Minbuntu:

      https://forums.mininoteuser.com/viewtopic.php?f=11&t=258&sid=52a7b6f48479b4f357c7e5efef889fdc

      But you can probably find out more about how to make Ubuntu 8.10 or
      9.04 work in the Ubuntu forums. If you do decide to install Windows
      XP, it does run *much* better than Vista on the Mini-Note. You can
      find my installation instructions here:

      https://www.liliputing.com/2008/04/install-windows-xp-on-mini-note-usb.html

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