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  • Intel Moblin

    Intel has a custom version of linux specifically for the Atom based processors:

    http://arstechnica.com/open-source/n...r-netbooks.ars

    Might be of interest.

  • #2
    moblin looks very promising, and the fact that it's backed by Intel means there's some heavy duty development behind it. In fact, Skype for moblin looks better than Skype on any other platform:

    http://share.skype.com/sites/en/2009...intel_mid.html

    does anyone have any links to screenshots of moblin in action? Click the link below if you're interested:

    http://moblin.org/

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    • #3
      I just downloaded and installed moblin 2 alpha in virtual box. It boots FAST. I'm guessing that it'll go from post to nghost in about 10 seconds or less. I'll get a video as soon as I get nghost on it.
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      • #4
        I'll try to run a copy of this in VM when I get the chance... it looks very promising.
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        • #5
          Hell yeah, Moblin looks promising.

          Booting from a usb stick goes nearly as quickly as an optimized Mepis install on my Atom 1.6 netbook. Once installed, it is a hair faster to boot, though far less usable.

          Hopefully this will keep going and improve the boot speed of other distros as well.

          Or else a way will be figured to base a complete distribution on Moblin.

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          • #6
            Originally posted by rogerdugans View Post
            Hell yeah, Moblin looks promising.

            Booting from a usb stick goes nearly as quickly as an optimized Mepis install on my Atom 1.6 netbook. Once installed, it is a hair faster to boot, though far less usable.

            Hopefully this will keep going and improve the boot speed of other distros as well.

            Or else a way will be figured to base a complete distribution on Moblin.

            I also tried it, but I had used Alpha1. Does Moblin support wifi yet? It is pretty useless without it.

            After that it just needs a good desktop manager like LinuxIce or perhaps Harbour-Launcher. I am super interested in the fast boot capabilities. I could reconfigure my m2atx to shut down sooner to reduce battery draw!

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            • #7
              yeah, alpha1 was cool to look at. Not very functional though. there were only a limit number of packages in the repository. alpha2 is out now but I haven't tried it yet.
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              • #8
                I have and it is better than Alpha 1.

                But still very limited- it is an Alpha and it is for testing purposes, NOT intended for real use as a standalone operating system.

                WiFi support is still very limited- I believe there are a few crds supported, but mine is not one of them. (Broadcom wl.)

                I have started to mess with trying to get Image Creator running on my desktop, but it is intended for Ubuntu, which I don't use.
                Some of the dependencies MIC has are causing problems for me in Mepis 8 (Debian Lenny based) so I have not yet succeeded.

                As impressive as Moblin is in and of itself, my hope is that the optimized code will make it mainstream before too long; and/or that someone will create a Moblin-based distro that is full-featured and includes the ability to have source installed, etc.

                I would happily trade some of the boot time speed the alpha's have for the ability to compile software from source in order to take advantage of all the optimizations.

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                • #9
                  i'm going to test the software out and see if i like it. if so i'll install it in my car

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