A new project release (read: pre-release/beta) version of Moblin Linux is now available for netbook users to download and test. Moblin 2.1 includes a number of enhancements and new feature. Here are some of the highlights:
- Support for 3G data connections
- Bluetooth device management
- Updated browser with plug-in support
- Integrated application installer for Moblin Garage
- Connection manager now supports Ethernet, WiFi, WiMAX, and 3G
- Support for more screen resolutions (important for running Moblin on a nettop or all-in-one PC)
These features are still works in progress. For instance, the only 3G modem that’s supported is the Ericsson MBM, but support for additional models is expected soon.
You can find a full list of the new features at the Moblin v2.1 project release page.
The interesting thing about Moblin is that it’s not just a standalone operating system. The developers at the Linux Foundation that are working on Moblin make the technology available to other Linux developers, so we’ve seen versions of Ubuntu, Linpus, and other Linux distributions that take advantage of the Moblin user interface and other optimizations for Intel Atom-powered netbooks.
via Netbook Choice