Intel has unveiled an ambitious project aimed at developing open-source software for mobile devices.
The Moblin project comprises a Linux kernel, user interface framework, browser, multimedia framework and embedded Linux image creation tools, along with developer resources such as documentation, mailing lists and an IRC channel.
Intel hopes Moblin will serve as a “point of integration” for multiple subprojects. Current subprojects include:
- Kernel—platform-specific kernel patches and drivers
- GTK-based UI framework—uses Hildon application framework, similar to Nokias Linux-based Web tablets
- Power management policy project—a project that aims to provide a “comprehensive, robust, and extensible” framework for mobile device power management
- Network profile manager—described as a unified, dynamic configuration system supporting the various protocols (Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, etc.) used to connect mobile devices
- Browser—based on Mozilla, but with a finger-driven UI and Hildon integration
- Multimedia—a “Moblin Media Artist” player offering a choice of gstreamer or Reals open-source Helix streaming frameworks
- Image capture—an image capture, management and sharing application for still and video images