Intel Open Source Technology Centre Imad Sousou says that vendors will begin announcing netbooks running Moblin 2.0 within the next week or two. The news came out of an interview with ZDNet UK, where Sousou discussed the current state of Moblin Linux. The operating system is optimized for use on netbooks, particularly those with low power processors like the Intel Atom, and small screens with resolutions of 1024 x 600 pixels or lower.

Intel was originally the driving force behind Moblin, and still kind of is. But management of the project has been handed over to the Linux Foundation. But the custom Linux distribution is designed to play well with netbooks by introducing power saving features, quick boot optimizations for Atom and other processors, and a custom user interface that makes it easy to treat a netbook almost more as a web-centric consumer electronics device than a computer.

It’s not clear of the netbooks that Sousou says are coming soon will be running straight-up Moblin, which is a full Linux distribution in its own right, or another operating system that uses Moblin technology. A number of Linux projects including Linpus, Fedora, Xandros and Ubuntu have announced they’re working on incorporating Moblin features into their operating systems.

via Slashdot and Moblin Zone

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6 replies on “Netbooks running Moblin 2.0 Linux coming soon… real soon”

  1. .Atom and other processors,

    Is that confirmed for others… or will it just be for the Intel chips..

    ive tried it and its nice but interfaces is something that i feeol is a questioun of taste and i hate all the defaults on my desktoips because I like it the way I like it,not the way someone says i should like it.

    Android sounds more promising because of the phone tie ins.

    but more choice is good so rock on Moblin2.

    interfaces are nice but im interested in Intels competition, the ARM and MIPS based netbooks which would lower the prices of netbooks.

  2. I’m a big fan of Android (and the upcoming Chrome OS), but I think it will also be great to have Moblin and/or Moblin derivatives running on netbooks.

    Competition breeds innovation!

    Just look at how exciting OS & web browser technology has become, in the last couple of years!

    1. I wonder what footprint the OS has? Could you get away with a 16GB SSD? I’m sure you could, but how much of that would be used?

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