Spotlight on Moblin.org Linux
Mobile Internet devices (MIDs) and other small form-factor systems based on Intel Atom processors and the Intel-sponsored Moblin.org Linux stack are finally starting to arrive. This Hot Topic summary and reading list captures the early history of this key mobile stack.
The Moblin.org project was launched by Intel in July, 2007. It followed Intel's announcement earlier that year of the Mobile Internet Device (MID) form factor. Previous Intel efforts at hybrid mobile devices, such as the slightly larger UMPC (ultra mobile PC) format, had failed to generate much interest, due in part to the lack of available software.
Moblin, which was recently rev'd to version 2.0, is an open-source toolkit and mobile device software stack that is optimized for MIDs, but can also run on netbooks, nettops, and other Intel-based mobile consumer devices. Linux MID products running the stack are just starting to be announced, with early products including USI's MID-160 (pictured at top) and the Compal JAX10MID reference design, (pictured at right), which forms the basis for the new Aigo P8860D and Gigabyte "M528" MIDs.