Feeds

Latest Moblin Linux polished for netbooks

3G, Bluetooth, and browser boost

Secure remote control for conventional and virtual desktops

The effort putting Linux on Intel's mobile Atom processor has seen its latest release, with an across-the-board polish for Moblin.

The steering committee of the Moblin Project, the Intel-initiated effort that was spun off to the Linux Foundation earlier this year, proudly announced a raft of capabilities new to version 2.1.

These include enhanced browser functionality and plug-in support, UI enhancements, support for 3G data connections, Bluetooth device management, an integrated application installer for the Moblin Garage and overall improvements in performance and stability.

When Moblin 2.1 made its "you-can-look-but-don't-touch" debut in late September, it was demoed on a Compal mobile internet device (MID) and an Acer netbook. Some of its new features, however, such as 3G support, a scalable UI, and enhancements to the wonderfully named ConnMan (connection manager) would be equally welcome in smaller form-factor devices - what Intel's mobile-platform general manager Mooly Eden describes as "carry on you" devices as opposed to "carry with you" netbooks.

The current Intel Atom for which Moblin is designed, of course, is too large and power-hungry for pocketable handhelds, but Intel hopes that its upcoming lower-power 45nm Moorestown package might lead Moblin into smaller devices. Some observers, however, believe that Moblin's smartphone future will ride on the 32nm Medfield, the Atom's 2011 follow-on.

Moblin 2.1 will find an immediate home in netbooks, and now that UI scaling has been added, in nettops as well. You can download a copy here and dig into the release notes here. ®

The essential guide to IT transformation

More from The Register

next story
Apple's iWatch? They cannae do it ... they don't have the POWER
Analyst predicts fanbois will have to wait until next year
Barnes & Noble: Swallow a Samsung Nook tablet, please ... pretty please
Novelslab finally on sale with ($199 - $20) price tag
Apple to build WORLD'S BIGGEST iStore in Dubai
It's not the size of your shiny-shiny...
Just in case? Unverified 'supersize me' iPhone 6 pics in sneak leak peek
Is bigger necessarily better for the fruity firm's flagship phone?
Steve Jobs had BETTER BALLS than Atari, says Apple mouse designer
Xerox? Pff, not even in the same league as His Jobsiness
Apple analyst: fruity firm set to shift 75 million iPhones
We'll have some of whatever he's having please
TV transport tech, part 1: From server to sofa at the touch of a button
You won't believe how much goes into today's telly tech
The agony and ecstasy of SteamOS: WHERE ARE MY GAMES?
And yes it does need a fat HDD (or SSD, it's cool with either)
prev story

Whitepapers

Implementing global e-invoicing with guaranteed legal certainty
Explaining the role local tax compliance plays in successful supply chain management and e-business and how leading global brands are addressing this.
7 Elements of Radically Simple OS Migration
Avoid the typical headaches of OS migration during your next project by learning about 7 elements of radically simple OS migration.
BYOD's dark side: Data protection
An endpoint data protection solution that adds value to the user and the organization so it can protect itself from data loss as well as leverage corporate data.
Consolidation: The Foundation for IT Business Transformation
In this whitepaper learn how effective consolidation of IT and business resources can enable multiple, meaningful business benefits.
High Performance for All
While HPC is not new, it has traditionally been seen as a specialist area – is it now geared up to meet more mainstream requirements?