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Nov 14, 2008 — by Eric Brown — from the LinuxDevices Archive — 1 views

[Updated Nov. 26] — As netbooks and MIDs proliferate, more Linux device developers are using software and tools from the Intel-sponsored project. Aimed at developers, the free tools let most anyone with a little configuration and compiling experience easily build their own Linux… netbook distro!

In light of rising interest in Moblin, LinuxDevices has compiled a special feature on the project. It recounts the project's 18-month history, linking to dozens of related news articles. It also offers a quick survey of the project's Linux-Image-Creator tool, with a special focus on the graphical set-up wizard. and the Moblin open-source toolkit were launched in July 2007, targeting Linux-powered MIDs (mobile Internet devices) based on Intel processors. Since then, Moblin's focus has expanded to include Linux netbooks, certainly a fast-growing sector of the personal computing market. Really, though, the tools could be used to build software for any device at all based on Intel Atom processors — including the Z-series embedded parts (Menlow), as well as the N-series mobile parts (Diamondville).

Moblin consists of a development sandbox, an emulator, and target software including a kernel and middleware, graphics framework, window manager, browser, and a growing set of third-party applications and contributed projects. So, whether you're interested in creating a custom Linux netbook image for mobile enterprise users, porting your mobile application to Atom-based MIDs, or just tinkering with your Atom-based netbook, find out more about Moblin's rapidly expanding universe in our “HOT TOPIC: Moblin” feature. Then, visit, download the Image Creation tools, and take it for a spin yourself.

Click below to read the feature:


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