Intel and Novell extend collaboration to drive Moblin adoption
Intel Corporation and Novell Inc. announced broad efforts to closely collaborate and encourage original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) and original design manufacturers (ODMs) to adopt Moblin, an optimized open source Linux software platform for enabling rich Internet experiences on Intel Atom processor-based netbooks and other mobile systems.
The partnership between the two companies is meant to promote Moblin for adoption by OEMs and ODMs, which will be able to use it in their upcoming Intel-based MIDs. As part of the agreement between the two, Novell will establish the Novell Open Labs in Taiwan and work with the Taiwan Moblin Enabling Center (MEC), offering support and validation for manufacturers that will design the upcoming MIDs.
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 has taken a significant leadership role in the Moblin community since joining the effort late last year, and today's announcement will extend Novell's level of involvement," said Doug Fisher, vice president of Intel's Software and Services Group and general manager of the System Software Division. "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. "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."