Novell, the company behind the SUSE Linux distribution, has thrown its hat in the Moblin development game. Moblin is a custom version of Linux optimized for mobile devices. The project was started by Intel, but the company handed the reigns over to the Linux Foundation in April.
So what does Novell’s involvement mean? First, the company says it will develop a “Moblin-based product,” which can be distributed to OEMs and ODMs (Original Equipement/Device Manufacturers) for use on netbooks. The idea is that the finished product wouldn’t be a netbook with Novell or Moblin branding all over it. Instead, equipment makers could customize the devices to, say run an AT&T, Verizon, or HP branded operating system that just happens to look and feel a lot like Moblin Linux on other systems.
Novell will also establish an open lab in Taiwan to encourage companies to adopt the platform.