Canonical to Strengthen Engagement for Moblin

Jun 04, 2009

The venture behind Ubuntu has announced its two-fold cooperation with Intels mobile product division: Moblin has wandered onto the Ubuntu Netbook Remix and also onto Intels Classmate PC.

Canonical introduced a version of the Ubuntu Netbook Remix (UNR) at the Computex in Taiwan which utilizes the Linux platform for Netbooks and MIDs Moblin. The Ubuntu enterprise has also just announced its participation in the Moblin project, with the Moblin UNR version. Close on the heels of this piece of news, came word that Canonical is to work on a version of UNR for Intel’s Classmate PC.
The Classmate PC from Intel should ring a bell or two. Intiatives such as the Classmate and the OLPC have stood since their emergence in 2007/2008 alongside the device class Netbook before the term even existed. Moblin is a slender version of Linux from the Intel camp that is especially capable of supporting the existing atom platforms. The Moblin story begins back in the springtime in the era of Netbook with to its alignment to Intel’s atom CPU. The Ubuntu Netbook Remix emerged just one month later.

At the same time, Canonical got involved with Moblin in the realm of MID. At this point, Moblin had already been working with Intel on an Ubuntu based mobile platform since 2007. At the end of 2008, Intel fired up its own development circle in Taiwan for the new Linux, with which the multinational chip company showed its favoritism towards Linux in the realm of the mobile device market. Next, Good OS was introduced into the relationship, which as a Linux based compilate from Google Web applications on Wal-Mart computers was discussed. Soon, LG joined the fold along with Novell in May 2009. Intel had somewhere in between all of this action managed to place the Netbook Linux in the hands of the Linux Foundation. It has just recently appeared in version 2 (Beta).

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