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Linux Foundation takes over Stewardship of Intel's Moblin OS

Apr 02, 2009, 20:32 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Andy Updegrove)

"First of all, what exactly is Moblin? There are several answers to that question.

"Competitively: Along with Google's Android, Nokia's Symbian and the LiMo Foundation's Limo, Moblin is one of the major Linux-based contenders to control the mobile space. That space includes (in ascending order of form factor) phones, network devices and netbooks. Important note: not all of these systems was originally intended to cover the full mobile space (Moblin, incidentally, was).

"Architecturally: The Moblin Architecture is designed to support multiple platforms and usage models, ranging from Netbooks to Mobile Internet Devices (MID), to various embedded usage models, such as the In Vehicle Infotainment systems. The central piece of the architecture is the common layer that we call Moblin Core, a hardware and usage model independent layer that provides one uniform way to develop such devices. Underneath Moblin Core, sits the Linux kernel and device drivers specific to the hardware platform, and above Moblin Core are the specific user interface and user interaction model for the target device.

"Developmentally: Historically, Moblin had been under the roof, as well as the control, of Intel. Now, Moblin's further development will be hosted by the Linux Foundation (more details on this tomorrow, when LF issues its own press release)

"That said, why move Moblin to the Linux Foundation, and why now?"

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