The Linux Foundation, the organization dedicated to accelerating the growth of Linux, announces it will host the Moblin project, an open Linux-based mobile project started by Intel.
The Linux Foundation, the organization dedicated to accelerating the growth
of Linux, has announced it will host the Moblin project, an open Linux-based
mobile project started by Intel.
According to Jim Zemlin, executive director of the Linux Foundation, "the
Moblin project will be supported by the Linux Foundation. With technical
support from some of the industry's highly respected kernel developers and a
neutral, third-party host, the Moblin project is primed" to grow, Zemlin
Created in 2007, "Moblin is an open-source project that supports
Linux-based software platform and is optimized for the next generation of
mobile devices including netbooks, mobile Internet devices ... in-vehicle
infotainment systems and other embedded devices ... these are some of the fastest-growing
markets in computing," the Linux Foundation said in a statement.
This news illustrates Intel's increasing acknowledgement of and commitment
to open development, as well as the Linux Foundation's role in bringing the
right people to the table to get necessary work done-work that is critical as
manufacturers of netbooks, MIDs and other embedded devices use Linux more and
more in search of "attractive margins, faster time to market and custom
The Linux Foundation said in its news release, "The first developer
meeting for the Moblin project under the Linux Foundation will take place at
the Annual Collaboration Summit beginning next Wednesday, April 8, 2009."
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"Moblin offers a truly open platform and already has some of the best
and brightest minds focused on its architecture and development," Zemlin
said. "Through the Linux Foundation, an even broader community can
contribute to Moblin becoming the predominant Linux-based platform for mobile
"The Linux Foundation is the perfect environment to take Moblin to the
next level," said Doug Fisher, vice president of Intel's Software and
Services Group and general manager of its System Software Division. "The
open-source process delivers multiple benefits to any project, including faster
innovation and increased technology visibility."
"Fifteen operating system vendors have committed to distribute
Moblin-based products, including Asianux, Canonical, DeviceVM, gOS, MontaVista,
Novell and Wind River," the Linux Foundation said.
Representatives of the companies weighed in on the news.
"As a member of the Linux Foundation, we welcome the Moblin project, as
it offers a comprehensive framework for developers to drive innovation in the
mobile device market," said Mark Shuttleworth, founder of the Ubuntu
project. "Moving to the Linux Foundation will promote further innovation
and reinforces the synergies between Moblin and the Ubuntu community."
"The Moblin project offers a comprehensive framework for developers to
drive innovation in multiple markets, including the mobile and automotive
infotainment device markets," said John Bruggeman, chief marketing officer
of Wind River. "Wind River
is a leader with Moblin technologies and has a long history of leading
initiatives hosted by the Linux Foundation. We're convinced that by having the
Linux Foundation host Moblin we will see accelerated innovation and broader
ubiquity for the project and Linux in general."
"Moblin is a key project for the acceleration of Linux on desktops and
mobile devices," said Markus Rex, senior vice president and general
manager of Open Platform Solutions at Novell, and former CTO
of the Linux Foundation. "Moblin will allow companies to come to market
quicker-thus being more competitive. Also, with the stewardship of the Linux
Foundation and with the support of Intel, this will ensure the success of
mobile computing enhancements."
"Today's actions from Intel and the Linux Foundation are an important
step for the embedded device market and the open-source community," said
Rusty Harris, CEO of MontaVista Software.
"With Intel's Atom architecture and the Linux Foundation's bringing key
Linux contributors together, Moblin is primed to be a leading platform in this
marketplace. We look forward to helping embedded device manufacturers bring
commercial devices to market quickly and cost-effectively on MontaVista Linux
and the Moblin platform."