Asus may have pulled its experimental Google Android-powered netbook from sight after teasing journalists with it at Computex in June. But that doesn’t mean the company is sticking to Windows and Xandros Linux. Sascha at NetbookNews says a reliable source has told him that Asus will launch a netbook with Moblin Linux in October.
Moblin is a custom Linux distribution created for netbooks. The OS started out as a pet project for Intel, and it’s designed to work well with always-connected netbooks with small screens and Intel Atom processors. The Linux Foundation now runs the project, and a number of other Linux distributions have talked about adopting some of Moblin’s technology for their own netbook-optimized operating systems.
I’m going to take this news with a grain of salt for now, since Asus has a tendency to experiment with products that never make it to market. But Sascha is in Taiwan at the moment, where I know he’s been meeting with officials from the company. He also reports that Asus is working with Google to develop products that will run that company’s upcoming Chrome operating system.