Intel launches a new operating system for netbooks

Forget the Microsoft Windows 7 beta. The alpha version of Moblin, an open-source Linux operating system designed specifically for netbooks, has been released.

The preliminary version of the Moblin 2 operating system was specially created for netbooks that run the Atom processor from the company Intel.

The idea is to create a new experience for netbook users, who until now have purchased netbooks running Microsoft’s Windows XP or Linux operating system. It could also help laptop makers maintain their price margins by creating greater differentiation between their devices.

Inexpensive lightweight netbooks have become one of the fastest growing categories in the PC industry. The Moblin project, sponsored by Intel among others, is trying to create an operating system specifically designed for a netbook processor that will give users a better experience on these small devices.

Earlier this month, Rahul Sood, chief technology officer of HP’s Voodoo business unit, complained on his blog that netbooks in their current form could kill PC innovation.

Netbooks were designed as companions for laptops and desktop computers, but more and more users are buying them as their primary device. That means users are getting a slimmed-down version of a laptop that doesn’t entirely give them a satisfying experience, Sood says.

Operating systems created specifically to take advantage of the processor in a netbook like the Intel Atom could help change that. It could also make it easier for laptop makers and chipmakers to prevent their products from being cannabilized. “How to differentiate the most efficient machines from systems equipped with netbooks? asks Sood.

Netbooks with their own custom operating system could help create more distinct products. This is also one of the reasons why Intel is actively supporting Moblin by providing the resources to optimize the operating system for the Atom processor.

The Moblin 2 alpha release is the first chance for interested users to begin multi-level testing of the base Linux operating system, including the boot process, connectivity and networking manager, and troubleshooting tools. user interface development. The software has been tested on Acer Aspire One, Asus eeePC 901 and Dell Mini 9.

The build might not yet be something Plumber Joe would want on his netbook, but as Moblin’s user interface develops, it could become a viable alternative to XP and other Linux distributions, says Ars Technica.

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