Moblin is dead, Fedora on netbooks?
jackc at linuxlighthouse.com
Tue Feb 16 17:08:16 UTC 2010
Wow! i fired this email off when i got home last night and it stirred quite an exchange.
however, a bit of background will show my reaction is not a knee-jerk on my part,
just the culmination of a path turning sour.
i used to work for danger before M$ bought it out. i enjoyed the mobile sidekick platform
we provided despite its targeted youth market. its use for google/email on the go was Great!
this is what i must have in my truck.
when i later got laid off last spring, i decided to look for a way to use Linux in a similar portable
form factor. after some looking about, the hot setup seemed to be a netbook and moblin.
i chose moblin as i reasoned that backed by Intel (motivated by atom sales) should be a solid
platform/open src steward to begin on. i selected a product direction of OBD to USB reasoning
there may be a few gearheads in the fedora crowd that should also enjoy a window to their
the project kept me busy all summer while i looked for new work. however, i was less than
overwhelmed by the moblin desktop.
in a landscape precious screen, they dedicate 1/3 to twitter/social networking(waste),
1/3 to the last jpg's i've looked at (yawn), and a paltry 1/3 for my desktop with
icons & calendar space. 1/3 is not enough.
i really just want a mobile fedora; i have it at home & work, i use it, i like it.
as for meetoo, err, meego, its just another social centric os trying to compete with M$
products yet to be released. i hate a deployment that hides all the behind the scenes stuff i
want to know about.
moblin died for me because it failed to live up to my needs.
my next posts will focus on adapting fc11 to a small form factor.
thx again to all that reported using fc on the eeepc.
as for meego, you and the kids have fun, i got work to do.
On 02/16/2010 12:12 AM, birger wrote:
> On Mon, 2010-02-15 at 18:39 -0800, jack craig wrote:
>> Hi Folks,
>> I regret to report that Moblin, my hope for a mobile linux, is dead.
> As someone alse already pointed out, Moblin is not dead.
> What is happening is that Moblin (intel-based) and Maemo (Arm-based) are
> merging to create MeeGo.
> MeeGo is supposed to have common lower layers, and alternative UX (User
> eXperience) layers. There will be UX layers for cell phones, tablets,
> netbooks, stationary media phones, and whatnot.
> MeeGo will use rpm as packaging mechanism. It will run X, have gtk
> support, but main GUI SDK will be QT.
> Given that it should support intel and arm and be based on rpm, is there
> some way fedora and MeeGo could interact? Could a platform with Intel
> and Nokia as sponsors cooperate with the huge Fedora community with
> RedHat as sponsor? Could Fedora become a development platform for both?
> It would certainly help defragment linux a bit.
> MeeGo is set to become the biggest linux on mobile devices if Nokia mean
> what they say: According to Ari Jaaksi, VP Nokia “We will put all our
> force behind making MeeGo THE operating system” and “Nokia will ship
> tons of MeeGo devices, Intel, too. And others will use MeeGo in their
> devices. It is open, free, powerful and compatible.”
> That said, I prefer running Fedora on my netbooks. I actually think
> there is no problem at all running a full gnome on a netbook. I usually
> remove the panels and install cairo-dock. I also make a few gui tweaks
> that I am used to doing on older hardware (getting rid of gradients in
> window borders and so on). Seriously, a netbook is more powerful than
> what I used to run linux on just 1-2 years ago.
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