May 19, 2009, 9:16 am
Today, the Moblin project released Moblin v2.0 for Netbooks and Nettops to beta. If you haven‚Äôt seen the innovation present in Moblin, I urge you to watch this video that showcases the Moblin v2.0 Netbook UI experience.
What I find particularly compelling about Moblin is its understanding and expression of the way users actually use netbooks. Instead of the local, static form of computing of the past, netbook users want an experience centered on social network and media. Moblin fuels this transition through its visually rich user interface designed on Clutter technology. Moblin is an experience more than just a user interface.
With the new UI, the M-Zone becomes your home screen, giving you access to the live data you actually need. The M-Zone provides instant access to your synchronized calendar, tasks, appointments, recently used files and real time updates from your friends on social networking sites. A Moblin tool bar is also provided for easy navigation at the top of the screen, which remains hidden until you need it. Because Moblin has been designed from the ground up to be optimized for Internet content and media consumption, the platform reflects the live experience people are looking for in netbooks.
Moblin isn‚Äôt just about netbooks and nettops. Moblin is optimized for Intel Atom Processor-based devices including MIDs, netbooks, nettops, in-vehicle infotainment (IVI), and embedded systems.
Developers and users who want to be a part of a new UI framework should check this out. Please see Moblin team member Imad Sousou‚Äôs blog with more detail on how you can get involved with the project and give feedback on this release.