September 24, 2009

Moblin v2.0, The Moblin Garage, and Moblin v2.1

The Moblin steering committee is pleased to announce three exciting new developments within the Moblin project.
  • The project release of Moblin v2.0 for Intel Atom Processor based netbooks.
  • A preview of the Moblin Garage and Moblin Application Installer.
  • A community preview release of Moblin v2.1 for Intel Atom Processor based netbooks and nettops for early development.

Moblin v2.0

The project release of Moblin v2.0 is now available. With this community release you can expect to see OSVs and OEMs shipping products based on Moblin v2.0 for netbooks. Moblin v2.0 features a rich user interface that was developed from the ground up, for netbook form factors and usage models, to provide an outstanding visual user experience that integrates internet browsing, media consumption, and social networking.

Download Moblin v2.0 and experience it for yourself.

The Moblin Garage and Moblin Application Installer


You can now browse and easily install new applications on your Moblin based netbook, using the Moblin Garage and Moblin Application Installer.

The Moblin Garage is an online applications catalog that contains free/open source software applications released under a recognized open source license along with proprietary applications redistributed at no cost.

The available applications are installed through the use of the Moblin Application Installer, which is a client application that is launched from the Moblin myzone panel. The Moblin Application Installer provides a logically categorized list of applications that you can choose to install. The selection of applications that appear within the Moblin Application Installer comes from the Moblin Garage.

Preview the Moblin Garage and Moblin Application Installer by taking it for a test drive. This is an early preview release of the Moblin Application Installer and it is still in active testing and development.

Moblin v2.1

Moblin v2.1 will be an incremental release over Moblin v2.0 and is the next release stream for adding new features and developments. Moblin v2.1 will be used as the base for future new user experience support for Mobile Internet Devices (MIDs), in-vehicle infotainment (IVI), and embedded devices, such as media phones. The release target for Moblin v2.1 for netbooks and nettops is expected to release to the community in Q4 2009. The Moblin v2.1 release for netbooks and nettops will include many community and customer requested enhancements; for example, support for additional nettop screen resolutions, myzone improvements, IM improvements, better language support, updated kernel, Moblin Garage, Moblin Application Installer, 3G data support, and Bluetooth. The Moblin v2.1 release timing for other user experiences, such as MID, IVI and embedded devices, will align with the availability and release of those hardware platforms.

We invite those developers who are interested in an early look to download Moblin v2.1. The Moblin v2.1 image is provided as a community preview and is in very early and active development.

We would like to encourage everyone to install the final Moblin v2.0 image, preview the Moblin Garage capabilities, and continue to monitor the Moblin v2.1 development progress. Share your experience with us through bugzilla or on the developer mailing list. It's with your feedback and community support that we can continue to innovate and provide further enhancements to Moblin.

Moblin images require an Intel Atom processor based netbook or nettop. The following platforms are what we have been using for testing purposes: Acer AspireOne; Asus eeePC 901; 1005ha; 1008ha; Dell Mini 9; 10, and 10v, MSI Wind; Toshiba NB205-XX*; and Samsung NC10.

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