Intel and Novell have announced plans to extend their existing collaboration around the Moblin open-source Linux mobile Linux platform.
Intel and Novell have announced plans to extend their existing
collaboration around the Moblin open-source Linux mobile Linux platform.
The two companies signed an agreement outlining their plans for
collaboration, including efforts to promote the adoption of Moblin
among original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) and original design
manufacturers (ODMs). Moblin is an optimized Linux platform for
delivering rich Internet experiences on Intel Atom processor-based
netbooks and other mobile systems.
Indeed, Novell announced it will create a Moblin-based product for
netbooks that it will push to OEMs and ODMs. Novell also said it will
establish Novell Open Labs in Taiwan to foster the adoption of Moblin
and will work with the Taiwan Moblin Enabling Center (MEC), a joint
effort of Intel and the Taiwan Institute for Information Industry, to
validate designs for Moblin compliance.
Intel launched Moblin in 2007 and incubated the effort until last
month when the Linux Foundation became host of the community. Intel
continues to contribute key technologies and work with the developer
community to advance the effort. Novell began contributing to the
Moblin project last October.
Novell joined the Moblin effort in late 2008. Doug Fisher, vice
president of Intel's Software and Services Group and general manager of
the company's System Software Division, said, "The combination of Intel
Atom processor-based platforms and Moblin-based Novell software will
provide even more opportunities for OEMs, ODMs and the broader Moblin
community to deliver excellent mobile Internet solutions."
Novell's contributions to the Moblin ecosystem include leading the
open-source development of key operating system features such as
window, e-mail and media management.
"We are extending our involvement with Moblin because we believe
that it provides a richer mobile Internet experience," said Ron
Hovsepian, Novell president and CEO, in a statement. "The emergence of
such mobile computing platforms as netbooks presents a significant
growth opportunity. We believe that Moblin-based Novell software on
Intel-based platforms will offer OEMs and ODMs exceptional solutions
for delivering a full Internet experience on such devices."
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