Samsung introduces the N127 netbook with Moblin Linux

Samsung is showing off a modified N130 netbook running Moblin Linux this week. There are no plans to introduce a Samsung-branded Linux netbook to the US market this year, but the Korean company may launch it elsewhere…or not at all.

Moblin’s user interface was incredibly fast and felt much more responsive than Windows on a netbook. In fact, it seemed more responsive than Windows XP or 7 on about any laptop I tried. Menus appeared almost instantly, animated transition effects were quick, and overall Moblin looks fun to use.

Of course, as with any Linux distro, the challenge is that most people who are used to Windows or OS X will find that a Moblin netbook won’t run all the applications they’re used to. If all you want is a web browser and an almost phone-like interface for checking email, updating Twitter and Facebook, watching videos and listening to music, the Samsung N127 would be an awesome device. If you want to run iTunes, Microsoft Office or Adobe Photoshop, not so much.

Update: You can also check out my hands-on video to see how Moblin really flies on this netbook.

More photos after the break.

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