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‘Polished’ Moblin Introduces Support for Plug-Ins, 3G

The guiding committee behind the ‘Moblin Project’, an Intel-commissioned initiative, has announced the next iteration of the operating system, dubbed as “Moblin Linux 2.1”, which is aimed at nettops and netbooks incorporated with Intel’s low-powered Atom chipset.

The development of Moblin project was originally kicked off by Intel, but it’s now being operated under the aegis of the Linux Foundation.

The new version of the operating system brings a raft of new features and added plug-in support, such as support for 3G connections, along with several stability and performance improvements.

Of its most noteworthy feature, the latest version of the OS includes a new web browser that offers support for plug-ins, as well as for 3G data connections, which is as of now confined to the connections using 3G modems of Ericsson’s mobile broadband.

In addition, the OS also includes Bluetooth identification and syncing capabilities, coupled with notable improvements in its user interface (UI), and an in-built application installer for the Moblin Garage, and overall enhancements in performance and stability.

Although the current version of Atom processor for which Moblin is designed is considerably resource hungry and large in size, but Intel hopes that its forthcoming Moorestown package might help Moblin to slip into smaller devices.

Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Following an eight-year stint at ITProPortal.com where he discovered the joys of global tech-fests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. Previously he was a freelance technology journalist at Incisive Media, Breakthrough Publishing and Vnunet, and Business Magazine. He also launched and hosted the first Tech Radio Show on Radio Plus.