As the Intel Ultra Mobile ecosystem moves forward with both RedFlag and Canonical developing distributions for the next generation of Intel-based MID devices, Intel has gone public with some of the development work that’s been going into these projects through a new portal called Moblin at moblin.org. At the same time, Intel have pulled together a number of other resources in order to attract developers to get on-board with the new developments.
I picked up the announcement on the Ubuntu Mobile development list.
We are happy to announce the launch of the Mobile & Internet Linux Project on http://moblin.org. Moblin.org is an umbrella open source project focused on the development of Linux for Intel-based devices. Moblin.org is also an incubator for prototyping new ideas and building a community of developers around them. Currently, moblin.org hosts a number of projects, including an Image Creator, Browser, UI framework, power policy manager, and various non-PC oriented applications and software components. The work so far has been focused on Intel-based devices, but is open to contributions for support of other architectures.
One of the main goals of moblin.org is to serve as the point of integration for these projects, and to ensure the interoperability of the various components. Moblin.org enables the creation of complete source trees and binary images that can run either on actual devices, or in an emulated environment for testing purposes. We’ve just started the development on moblin.org, so please join our
developer mailing list-all are welcome to contribute to the various projects, or propose new ideas and projects on moblin.org. You can join the mailing list at http://www.moblin.org/community_mail-list.html with much more information available at http://moblin.org.
Rusty Lynch — Bob Spencer
Intel Open Source Technology Center
How about that. ‘The work so far has been focused on Intel-based devices, but is open to contributions for support of other architectures’ Nice to see Intel publicly entering into the open source spirit of things although I guess it would have looked a bit selfish if they had tried to tie an open source project to their hardware! At the new site you’ll find source code, mailing lists IRC channels and oh wait, no forum. Strange, They should get that sorted out straight away. Apart from that though, it looks like a great start. If you look careful you’ll find hints about some of the new features for Ubuntu Mobile which is now only three months away. The browser will be based on Mozilla 2.0 with a ‘finger-driven UI’ and ‘clean UI, standards-focused, xul-based, add-on support, plugins’ There’s even some early renderings showing ideas for various components. The image, left, shows an early idea for the media player.
Join the development team at Moblin.org