Moblin kickstarts Linux boot times
Chipmaker Intel is giving boot-up times on notebooks a massive speed injection with the release of an alpha 1 version of its Moblin 2 platform.
Based on Linux, Moblin 2 is a full-featured but lightweight OS for Intel’s Atom processors that promises to allow users to boot into a working system in just a few seconds.
Moblin 2 is mostly based on Fedora Linux but has been heavily customised by Intel for the lightweight platform. The alpha 1 release includes a 2.6.29-rc2 kernel and the XFCE desktop environment. But according to the release announcement XFCE is a “placeholder” for now and the interface to be included in the final release will be completely different.
Moblin is said to work on the Acer Aspire One, Asus eeePC 901 and the Dell Mini 9 although some features may not work on all of these platforms, according to developers.
Installer images, including KVM and VMWare images, are available for download.
More details at Desktop Linux