Xandros and Canonical are the latest Linux distributions to announce plans to develop versions of their operating systems based on Moblin. The Moblin Linux distribution, which is backed by Intel and managed by the Linux Foundation is a custom version of Linux optimized for Intel Atom powered mini-laptops. It boots quickly, takes advantage of the chip’s power saving features, and most importantly, is designed to blur the lines between web apps and desktop apps. In other words, it focuses heavily on the “net” portion of “netbook.”
Moblin 2.0 is still in the development stages. But the makers of Linpus Linux Lite have already launched a version of their operating system based on Moblin. Yesterday Xandros announced that it’s also working on an updated version of its operating system built around Moblin. The Moblin-based version of Xandros will likely find its way onto future Asus Eee PC netbooks. Xandros has is Asus’s netbook Linux distribution of choice since day one.
And Computer World reports that Canonical, the makers of the popular Ubuntu Linux operating system, plan to demonstrate a version of Ubuntu Netbook Remix based on Moblin this week. There’s no word on when that version of Ubuntu Netbook Remix will be available to the public.