The developers behind the Moblin operating system for netbooks and MIDs (mobile internet devices) have announced plans to enable Google Android applications to run on Moblin. Let that sink in for a second.
OK, so here’s what it means. First, while there are thousands of applications that are already designed to run on Linux, Google Android is a hot mobile platform these days. Developers are coming up with all sorts of light weight apps to run on the system, and while most Linux apps are free and open source, Android developers can charge for their programs. And some mobile carriers already have revenue sharing agreements in place with Google, which gives carriers an added incentive to offer netbooks with Moblin or Android.
While there are a number of netbook makers starting to talk about installing Android on netbooks, this move will let users download, purchase, and run apps from the Android app store on a Linux platform designed specifically to run on computers, not cellphones. Plus it gives users access wider universe of applications to use.
In related news, Canonical, the company behind the popular Ubuntu Linux distribution, has already announced that it’s working on bringing Android compatibility to Ubuntu Netbook Remix.
So what do you think? Would you rather use a netbook running Moblin or Android? Or do you think the lines between these two operating systems is about to disappear?