The Linux Netbook Everyone Can Master


Of course, Windows 7 is around the corner and there are a lot of Alternatives to Linux for your netbook. But Moblin, which was developed by Intel specifically for netbooks and Internet devices, will rival them all.

Based on a Linux kernel, Moblin has a sleek shell that has been clearly designed for the novice Linux user and the Internet social butterfly. The images below give you the best overview of using Moblin. At the heart of the interface are a series of tabs that line the top of the screen. They are all pretty basic and include a web browser, apps, etc.

I have to say that I like the communication aspect of the operating system the most. I signed into my AIM and Google Talk accounts directly from the interface, then all of my friends showed up in the People tab. You can also log into Twitter; updates are displayed on the home screen and you can tweet from the Status tab.

Moblin 2.0 came out of beta about two weeks ago, around the same time the next version (2.1) was released. The interface in 2.1 is unchanged, but an app store is added. Instead of having to dig into a Linux repository, Moblin has its garage for easy access and installation of apps. Loading programs from Garage is so easy Kylie could do it. I had no problem selecting Abi Word from the store; as soon as you install it from Garage, it appears in the applications tab.

You don’t have to wait for someone like Dell sells Moblin 2.1 pre-installed on a netbook or MID. Try it now and share your thoughts. I warn you that there may not be full support for your Intel Atom netbook – some drivers may not be compatible. I tried it on an HP Mini 5101 and there was no Wi-Fi support. I never said installation was the easy part! [Moblin]

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