Latest Moblin Linux polished for netbooks
3G, Bluetooth, and browser boost
The effort putting Linux on Intel's mobile Atom processor has seen its latest release, with an across-the-board polish for Moblin.
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.
Aspire One? No problems
Worked a treat from a USB stick boot. Loaded fast. Looks rather cute too. My only question is, how do you exit? No, really. Where's the Shutdown button? Couldn't find it.
Asus 701? Nope.
Borks on startup. Pity, this machine would be the perfect match for the lightweight Moblin.
Dammit - guess the processor's not up to the mark.
Hope the team can get it sorted.
(get "illegal instruction line 6 when trying to do some file transfer, which I forget, 'cos I re-stuffed my USB stick back to eeebuntu)
I, for one would have welcomed the G^HMoblin overlords at the bottom of my garden.
Could've chosen Paris icon, as I'm sure she'd welcome a good Mobling ^W Nobling ^W Gobling. Whatever.