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An Intel-sponsored Linux distribution for netbooks and mobile devices with small screens

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Moblin is an open source distribution of Linux derived from the Fedora operating system, which in turn is based off of Red Hat Enterprise Linux. It’s a free OS that has been highly optimized to work on computers with small screens, such as nettops or netbooks. It is also an ideal in-vehicle infotainment (IVI) operating system.

Supports a wide range of netbooks and nettops

It is very important to mention here that the Moblin project has been designed to work with any Intel-based netbook and nettop computer. It was successfully tested with Acer Aspire One, MSI Wind, Asus EeePC 901 and 1000H, Dell Mini 9, Lenovo S10, HP Mini 1010 and 1120NR, as well as Samsung NC10.

It is distributed as a USB image

The Moblin operating system is distributed on Softpedia as a USB image in the IMG file format. It is mandatory to write this 800MB file on a USB flash drive of 1GB or higher capacity in order to create a bootable medium that can be booted from the BIOS of a supported computer (see above for details). It should be bootable on both 32-bit and 64-bit hardware platforms.

Boot menu à la Fedora Linux

Being based on Fedora, Moblin inherits its boot menu, which has been designed from the offset to allow the user to boot the operating system in live mode, start the installation directly, as well as to boot an existing OS from the local drive.

Unique graphical interface

Moblin has a unique graphical interface, specifically designed for computers with small screens. It uses some sort of a panel on the upper part of the screen, which includes a clock and calendar widget, a system tray area and a tabbed-based task manager that allows you to easily cycle between different tasks and view modes.

Moblin was reviewed by Marius Nestor
Last updated on August 29th, 2014

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