It's been some time yet since we've heard anything new regarding
's homegrown Moblin operating system, but just when you thought
that Intel (and the industry at large, really) was letting go of all
hope when it comes to UMPCs and MIDs, in flies this. Despite the fact
that netbooks have entirely overshadowed highly portable pocket PCs,
Intel and Novell are still forging ahead with plans to produce
Moblin-based products with Intel's Atom processors.
The two companies recently decided to partner up in order to encourage encourage original equipment
manufacturers (OEMs) and original design manufacturers (ODMs) to adopt
Moblin, an optimized open source Linux software platform for enabling
rich Internet experiences on Intel Atom processor-based netbooks and
other mobile systems. The collaboration agreement has already been signed, requiring that Novell create a
product for netbooks that it will take to market to a wide range of
OEMs and ODMs. In addition to that, Novell will open up an 'Open Labs'
facility in Taiwan that will supposedly hasten the process by having a
place to work jointly with companies overseas.
Believe it or not, Moblin has been around since 2007, yet it has gone
almost nowhere since launching. Novell's contributions to the Moblin
ecosystem include (and will include): leading the open
source development of key operating system features such as window,
e-mail and media management. Details about actual products and release
dates have yet to be revealed, but we're definitely glad to see Intel
teaming up with others in order to really light the fire under Moblin.
Intel has had years to get this right, and already it looks like we'll
see Android-based netbooks before Moblin-based netbooks, despite a huge
disparity in preparation time. Nothing like a little competition to
really get the gears turning, right?