Moblin

From Moblin's home page:

"Moblin is an open source project focused on building a Linux-based platform optimized for the next generation of mobile devices including Netbooks, Mobile Internet Devices, and In-vehicle infotainment systems."

In addition,

"The Moblin v2.0 user experience has been designed from the ground up to provide unique ways to engage with the internet, aggregate your social networking activity, and enjoy your media content."

DesktopLinux.com (eWeek)

"Moblin comprises a Linux kernel, UI framework, browser, multimedia framework, and embedded Linux image creation tools, along with developer resources such as documentation, mailing lists, and an IRC channel."

About Us:

"Moblin is an optimized Linux platform that provides a modern, engaging user experience for mobile devices, such as netbooks, MIDs, and IVI systems. Moblin has a common core of Application and User Interface services and APIs, which provide application developers a rich and consistent development environment across multiple device form factors."

Moblin is a platform consisting of the kernel, file system, UI framework (v2.0 Clutter), connection manager, browser and multimedia support. This creates an internet connected platform where most interactivity is done through the browser over the internet.

Although Moblin is currently not a smartphone platform, the line between smartphones and netbooks may be blurred as the Ofono project integrates with the Moblin platform.

Licensing

Moblin is licensed under the GNU General Public License with a variety of other licenses.

Sponsorship & Financial

Moblin is a Linux Foundation project. It was started by Intel in 2007, and transferred to the Linux Foundation in April, 2009. It is financially supported by Intel and its steering commitee and much of its core developers consist of Intel employees.

Community

Users
Currently, Moblin is in beta meaning it is looking for people to try it and report on the experience. There are several compatible netbooks on the market by HP, Dell, Asus, Acer, and Lenovo. The user experience is through Myzone toolbar (the personal information manager with email, calendar, etc.), the browser or the media player. A video for the user experience is here.

Developers
Moblin is working on a developer community. In general, it has a friendly, welcoming environment with a mailing list and IRC channel support, and organized documentation. They are supporting the development of applications but core level, driver level work is generally through Intel. Development for Moblin uses the standard GNU/Linux tool chain.

Documentation

The Moblin Project website contains many basic tutorials from setting up the development environment to developing applications or libraries in addition to an SDK and several API's. Currently, there are no published books about using Moblin or developing for Moblin.

Maturity

Moblin is currently in v2.0 beta. It is still a product under development but it is available for use by early adopters in a Live USB format.

Moblin is still early development so there is little buzz while bugs are being ironed out. There is no "App Store" and there are few apps available.

Portability

Moblin is targeted toward several types of platforms, including netbooks, nettops, and in-vehicle infotainment systems that are based on Intel's Atom processor. This philosophy contains the variables for the core kernel code, yet allows variability for how the user interacts with his device.

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