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Intel's Mobin 2.1 Will Compete with Windows

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."

  • foody
    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
    "Intel's Mobin"

    nice
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  • 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
    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
    ... 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
    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
    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
    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
    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
    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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