Intel and Novell take aim at Android with Moblin

Article Source The Open Road
May 7, 2009, 12:07 pm

Google’s still-nascent efforts to dominate the mobile market, already reeling from Apple’s surging iPhone platform, were dealt another blow on Thursday when Intel and Novell announced that they will collaborate to promote Intel’s Moblin operating system, a rival Linux distribution for mobile devices.

Whereas Google is initially targeting smartphones with Android (though an Android-based Netbook has apparently been released), Intel is targeting Moblin at Netbooks.

Additionally, Android and Moblin aren’t simply two different Linux distributions, in the way that Red Hat Enterprise Linux and SUSE Linux Enterprise Server are. Android and Moblin use Linux in different ways, as Dirk Hohndel, Intel’s chief Linux and open source technologist, suggested to me…

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