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The other ‘new’ Linux: Moblin

I really, really want to see what Google has planned for us with its Chrome operating system, Intel and the Linux Foundation isn’t waiting around to see what they’ll do. Today, September 23rd, they and their partners, such as Dell and Canonical, gave us a peek at Moblin 2.1.

Moblin 2.1 stands midway between a desktop operating system and a mobile device OS. All that really happened today is that Intel and friends gave us a look at Moblin 2.1 running on mobile devices.

From that, I can see a few highlights. First, as presented today, it appears that they intend for it to contend more with Apple’s iPod Touch, Microsoft’s Zune HD, and the Google Android-powered Archos 5, then Windows 7 or the desktop Linuxes like Fedora and openSUSE.

It’s also very multimedia friendly. Devices that will use it be able, out of the box, to show proprietary Flash and Silverlight videos.

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