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Intel's Mobin 2.1 Will Compete with Windows

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Intel's open-sourced Mobin 2.1 operating system could give Microsoft some trouble in the desktop and mobile markets.

CNET is claiming that Intel's new open-source Moblin 2.1 (short for Mobile Linux) operating system could take on Google's Android and even Microsoft Windows in the mobile and desktop markets. CNET got a good taste of Moblin 2.1 this week at the Intel Developer Forum, saying that the OS will focus on a variety of devices including in-car systems, smartphones, Mobile Internet Devices, and even nettops.

When the OS finally hits the market, Moblin 2.1 will arrive in three flavors: one for nettops, one for Netbooks, and one for handhelds. CNET said that the smartphone version will run on Atom chip-based devices, capable of touch-screen and gesture input. Users will be able to move through different applications running in the background; the OS will also provide shortcuts to social-networking applications.

As for the Netbook aspect, CNET kept it short, saying that Dell recently began selling its $299 Mini 10v Notebook with an option for Ubuntu Moblin Remix, with other PC makers lined up to manufacture Moblin-based netbooks as well. The nettop news was even shorter, saying that with Windows XP on the way out, Microsoft will need to spit out a version of Windows 7 that will be cheap enough for the Netbook and nettop market. Intel is quietly watching with Moblin 2.1 cocked and ready for an assault.

But, as CNET points out, overall the success of Intel's Moblin 2.1 will depend on third-party software availability. The company has launched its Atom Developer Program to draw in developers for the new platform. "Moblin puts Intel in competition with Microsoft on several fronts, opposing Windows Mobile on smartphones and Windows desktop on Netbooks and nettops," CNET's Lance Whitney said. "But the two still need to play together."

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    foody , September 26, 2009 3:28 AM
    I think Intel is beginning to think they can take over the world. I must have read at least 10 or 15 articles surrounding Intel in the pass week or so.
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    coopchennick , September 26, 2009 3:39 AM
    "Intel's Mobin"

    nice
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    njkid3 , September 26, 2009 3:43 AM
    if this is the direction intel is going. with that being them branching into practically ever corner of the electronics market. may god help us all
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    tektek , September 26, 2009 3:47 AM
    Hey.. lets wait and see.. if it works..then great we have more options.. if not.. we still have what we always had... hmmm well after saying that.. i truely hope it does work..
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    Kelavarus , September 26, 2009 3:59 AM
    ... I fail to see how it's competing with Windows if it's not competing at the desktop level.

    And by the way, this is the second Kevin Parrish article with a typo in the title in a short time. Maybe he's omitting letters on purpose to give us a message or something? :0

    It's code!
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    zipz0p , September 26, 2009 4:11 AM
    kelavarus... I fail to see how it's competing with Windows if it's not competing at the desktop level.And by the way, this is the second Kevin Parrish article with a typo in the title in a short time. Maybe he's omitting letters on purpose to give us a message or something? :0It's code!

    Nope - he is just made of fail.
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    pocketdrummer , September 26, 2009 4:11 AM
    kelavarus... I fail to see how it's competing with Windows if it's not competing at the desktop level.And by the way, this is the second Kevin Parrish article with a typo in the title in a short time. Maybe he's omitting letters on purpose to give us a message or something? :0It's code!


    it's UL so far... hmmmmm

    21-12 if you use the numbers...
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    jaragon13 , September 26, 2009 4:12 AM
    foodyI think Intel is beginning to think they can take over the world. I must have read at least 10 or 15 articles surrounding Intel in the pass week or so.

    They had this thing called "IDF"
    Or, long, Intel Developers Forum.
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    falchard , September 26, 2009 5:29 AM
    Intel as a hardware manufacturer has to be careful of the feet they step on. If Intel truly becomes a threat to Microsoft or they try to do what they did to nVidia, then Microsoft is gonna pull the rug out from under them.
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    Manos , September 26, 2009 7:11 AM
    falchardIntel as a hardware manufacturer has to be careful of the feet they step on. If Intel truly becomes a threat to Microsoft or they try to do what they did to nVidia, then Microsoft is gonna pull the rug out from under them.


    No only I agree with that but I think Intel is smart enough to not go that way even as a joke.. I really see no reason why not in everything else than the desktop part. When it comes to desktop I dont think they consider doing anything, plus the fact that no gamer, no O/Cer and no casual user etc will change OS... We all know ow hard will be for many to move from XP to Windows 7 which is great. And you are telling me ppl will change to Mobin? I dont think they are meant to be desktop Os eitherway and I dont know why its stated on the article.
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    Blessedman , September 26, 2009 7:59 AM
    yeah I think Intel of all companies needs to be careful with entering into the Linux market place as M$ still owns a few IP's that are in use in Linux. With Intel starting to threaten M$'s, they very well might start to yank on those patents.
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    Anonymous , September 26, 2009 2:37 PM
    Yeah, Intel can magically make a Linux OS that will be accepted by the mainstream, just like they can make great GPUs...

    /sarcasm

    The ONLY, I repeat, ONLY way that Intel can pull it off is if they strong-arm the OEMs into including it instead of Windows, which won't hurt my feelings, as long as Moblin stays 100% open-source. I have to wonder what their motive is for doing this, though...
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    Anonymous , September 26, 2009 3:01 PM
    In the spirit of open-source, Intel has made sure that this can only run on THEIR hardware, since they've made their proprietary SSSE3 (with 3 's') a requirement to run it. Apparently they wouldn't want it running on any AMD hardware, as if there aren't 10,000 other Linux distros that AMD users can use.
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    Anonymous , September 26, 2009 3:02 PM
    Oops, quote from moblin.org to back that up:

    System Requirements:

    * CPU: Intel(r) Atom(tm) or Intel(r) Core(tm) 2 CPU (support for SSSE3)
    Note: Moblin will not work on non-SSSE3 CPUs
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    lvlouro , September 26, 2009 3:06 PM
    Then in the future, intel chips will only run intel OS and vice versa...

    OH NO!!! intel's turning into apple
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    annymmo , September 26, 2009 3:09 PM
    Blessedmanyeah I think Intel of all companies needs to be careful with entering into the Linux market place as M$ still owns a few IP's that are in use in Linux. With Intel starting to threaten M$'s, they very well might start to yank on those patents.


    Microsoft says it has, and of course, doesn't show them.
    Tries to lure companies into all kinds of contracts.
    Because the Linux Developers work around them very fast.
    Currently, Microsofts IP threat to Linux is going downhill!
    Search for FAT patents.

    There is now OIN which tres to collect patents to PROTECT Linux:
    http://www.computerweekly.com/Articles/2009/09/09/237622/oin-secures-ex-microsoft-linux-patents.htm



    Go OIN, GO!!
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    annymmo , September 26, 2009 3:11 PM
    http://blogs.gartner.com/brian_prentice/2009/09/13/what-oins-purchase-of-linux-patents-really-says-about-trolls/

    And intel and AMD both support x86 and x64 instruction set.
    Most programs are written for that. And over time, hopefully the patents will expire and so the IP monopoly.
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    annymmo , September 26, 2009 3:13 PM
    AMD supports SSE3:
    Quote:

    The AMD64 core provides leading-edge performance for both 32-bit and 64-bit applications

    * AMD64 technology provides full-speed support for x86 code base without compromising performance
    * 40-bit physical addresses, 48-bit virtual addresses
    * Sixteen 64-bit integer registers
    * Sixteen 128-bit SSE/SSE2/SSE3 registers
    * AMD Digital Media XPress™ provides support for SSE, SSE2, SSE3 and MMX instructions


    http://www.amd.com/us/products/desktop/processors/athlon/Pages/amd-athlon-processors-key-architectural-features.aspx
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    Anonymous , September 26, 2009 3:26 PM
    annymo: WRONG, re-read what I said:

    "SSSE3 (with 3 's')"

    SSSE3 was introduced with Core 2
    SSE3 was introduced with Pentium IV, and is also supported on AMD CPUs

    Most people don't realize that SSSE3 accounted for the lion's share of Core2's advantage over AMD, hence Intel made it the first non-open SSE revision. SSSE3 allowed execution of 2 64 bit SSE3 instructions simultaneously.
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    g00ey , September 26, 2009 4:05 PM
    Although Android is a step in the right direction it is still closed in many regards so I think it is good that other developers bring even more open platforms. Even Nokia is going to develop an open-source platform besides their Symbian platform.
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