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20 May 2009, 10:42

Moblin 2.0 beta released

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Imad Sousou, the Intel Open Source Technology Center Director, has announced the release of the first beta of Moblin v2.0. The Moblin project, now under the control of the Linux Foundation, is designed to provide an open source Linux based operating system that supports Intel's Atom processors and can be used on a variety of hardware, including Netbooks and in-car systems.

The beta release includes an updated user interface built on GNOME Mobile Technologies, optimised for Netbooks and Nettops, and uses the latest open source graphics technology, including Clutter, KMS and DRI2. The m_zone acts as the 'home screen' panel and provides instant access to the calendar, tasks, recently used files and real-time updates from social networking sites, such as Twitter and Facebook. More integration and aggregation of social networking is expected to be added before the final release.

The included web browser, based on the latest Mozilla browser technology, supports video embedding and the latest Flash plug-in. The built-in media player supports images, movies and audio files and can stream files over a network using Universal Plug and Play (UPnP). The connection manager (ConnMan) has been updated and now includes a new user interface. So far, the beta has been tested on the Acer Aspire One, Asus EeePC 901, 1000H, Dell Mini 9, MSI Wind, Lenovo S10, Samsung NC10, HP Mini 1010 and 1120NR (wired networking only for now).

The release is intended for testing and feedback is welcome through bugzilla. Moblin v2 beta is available to download. A user guide and short introduction video are also available.

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