The Moblin V2 User Interface Is Very Impressive

Written by Michael Larabel in Operating Systems on 19 May 2009. Page 3 of 3. 38 Comments

We tested out the Moblin V2 Beta release on a Samsung NC10 and a Dell Mini 9, both of which use the Intel Atom processor with Intel 945 graphics. Below is a video of the boot sequence for both devices.

As you can see from the video, Moblin V2 continues to boot very quickly. Below is a video of the Moblin V2 user interface in action. Pardon the video quality as it was recorded quite quickly.

We have been testing out Moblin V2 Beta for a few hours now and are very impressed with this interface. The interface is well designed, OpenGL-based, easy to use, and should pique the interest of those users that have never even touched Linux. While this is described as a beta release, for the most part the interface is polished and we encountered very few application bugs.

Moblin V2 is certainly turning out to be one of the best netbook distributions around. While there are advantages to both, there are some features that Canonical could now look to push into its Ubuntu Netbook Remix. If we had to choose between the different netbook Linux distributions right now, our choice would likely be Moblin V2. We will have more on Moblin V2 shortly as we continue our Linux testing.

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