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What to know about Moblin

Started by dhilipkumar, Jun 19, 2009, 03:37 PM

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What to know about Moblin

Moblin, short for mobile Linux, is a free open-source operating system originally developed by Intel for its low-power Atom processor and designed to run on devices, including netbooks.

Why is the core important?

The central piece of the Moblin architecture is a common layer called Moblin Core, which provides services such as third-party cellular stacks, VoIP, presence, synchronization, media services and telephony APIs.

Core also includes UI services anchored by Intel's open-source Clutter 3D interface project. Core is built on a Linux kernel and a set of device drivers.

In the end, it provides a consistent development environment that allows applications to run on Moblin no matter what form it takes on a device

What about application support?

Moblin runs almost any Linux application, which means that most applications, such as Skype and Open Office along with others, run on Moblin, according to Jim Zemlin, Linux Foundation CEO.

Moblin's attractiveness to developers, who can build applications for the platform that run wherever Moblin shows up, could be the feature that powers acceptance.

The flexibility gives developers a wide audience and could stimulate an explosion of applications that attract end-users to Moblin-based devices. In addition, Google Android applications run on the platform.

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What's slick about the Moblin interface?

The UI, a combination of open source graphics technologies such as Clutter, DRI2, and KMS, supports 3D animation. The myzone dashboard is an on-ramp to synchronized calendar, task, appointments and recently used files. It appears as a toolbar at the top of the screen.

Myzone also features links to the user's social networking sites and aggregates content from sites, via the Mojito social data store, to give a single view into conversations and status update controls. In 2.0, Twitter and Last.fm are supported sites but more will be added.

The Web browser is adapted from Mozilla technology for Clutter and includes video capabilities and Flash.

What about stuff IT would care most about?

Moblin supports features such as power management, connection management as part of Moblin Core, and fast boot technology that has the UI up and running in seconds.

It also has a full-featured Bluetooth service, and users can boot Moblin from a USB image without touching the existing installed OS. In future versions, the project will introduce device synchronization, Web services connectivity and security features such as policy-based access controls, applications sandboxing, secure booting and package isolation.

Does Moblin come in a variety of flavors?

Moblin 2.0 is based on recent builds from Red Hat's open-source Fedora Project, but vendors including Novell, Linpus, Ubuntu, Xandros, and Red Flag have developed their own "upstream" versions off the Moblin foundation.

Those versions will be found later this year and next on a variety of netbooks and net-tops, from vendors that include Acer, Asustek, MSI, and Hasee Computer; on mobile internet devices from BenQ and Compal; and other components including a keyboard from Asus.

In addition, while Moblin is 100% open source, users should keep in mind that vendors may add proprietary extension, such as codecs, to their implementations.

Who isn't diving into Moblin?

Hewlett-Packard Co. in May snubbed Moblin in favor of a version of Linux it customized from the Ubuntu Linux distribution. Google has its Android operating system and Red Hat hasn't made any commitments beyond its focus on middleware and the enterprise even though some of the underlying Moblin technology is based on Fedora.

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