Intel Releases Moblin for Open Source

One year after announcing its homegrown mobile Linux project, Intel prepares to hand Moblin over to the open source community. Intel is readying a second release of the Moblin open-source platform for mobile computing, with plans set for an alpha-level version in a few weeks, an Intel official said at the O’Reilly Open Source Convention (OSCON) in the US on Wednesday.

Moblin is a project for mobile Linux that is centered on a range of devices, with Intel eyeing Moblin for its Atom processor for mobile systems. “Our focus as a company right now is on the Atom platform, but I’m sure other people in the community will drive it [in] other directions,” said Dirk Hohndel, chief Linux and open-source technologist at Intel.

Linux distributors such as Xandros and Canonical have both integrated aspects of Moblin into their mobile-centric distributions. Canonical’s forthcoming Ubuntu MID edition, designed for Mobile Internet Devices, is built around Moblin.

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