posted Jan 15, 2012, 11:21 AM by John Devadoss   [ updated Jan 15, 2012, 11:42 AM ]
Moblin, short for 'mobile Linux', was an open source operating system and application stack for Mobile Internet Devices (MIDs),netbooks, nettops and embedded devices. It has since been merged into the MeeGo project, and bears its name. Built around the Intel Atom processor, current builds are designed to minimize boot times and power consumption to create a netbook and MID-centric operating system. The netbook/desktop version of Moblin currently supports other chipsets based on the SSSE3 instruction set, such as the Core2 and some Celeron processors.

Commercial products built around Moblin 2 include a Foxconn netbook and an InvenTech smartphone, both announced at Computex 2009. Acer has also announced the replacement of Linpus Linux with Moblin on their Acer Aspire One netbooks. For its mobile Internet device class smartphone LG GW990, LG Electronics chose Moblin OS 2.1. More recently, Dell began accepting orders for its Ubuntu Moblin Remix, a Canonical Ltd. project that builds Moblin using a more full-featured Ubuntu distribution as base. Mandriva has started to offer Moblin's v2 version to all Mandriva distribution and netbook owners.

At the Consumer Electronics Show in January 2010, MSI and Novell announced the upcoming availability of SUSE Moblin preloaded on the MSI U135 netbook. Following the recent release of Moblin version 2.1, this marks the first original equipment manufacturer (OEM) to sell a fully supported Intel Atom processor-based netbook running Moblin-based technology to consumers. It was demonstrated at both the MSI and Intel booths at the show. In addition, Samsung showed four netbooks preloaded with SUSE Moblin.

At the Mobile World Congress in February 2010, it was announced that the Moblin project would be merging with  Maemo to create the MeeGo mobile software platform.