Taiwan Acer and MSI to push Moblin SUSE Edition

The world's third-largest PC vendor, Acer plans to roll out the Moblin Linux operating system, championed by Intel, in its products, a top executive said June 3rd 2009.

"Acer is in the process of putting Moblin in the range of its products," said R.C. Chang, Chief Technology Officer at Acer, at a news conference in Taipei. Acer products that will soon run with Moblin Linux include Aspire One Nettops, as well as regular laptop and desktop PCs, he said.

Aspire One Netbooks already running Moblin were on display at the news conference. Moblin was developed for Netbooks, which are mini-laptops built for mobility with low-power microprocessors, 10-inch screens and six-cell batteries for long run times. An updated version of the operating system, Moblin 2.0, was released last month, and it has proven popular at Computex Taipei 2009.

"We are pleased to work with Novell and Intel to demo the SUSE edition of Moblin on Acer devices as we have always been interested in providing new and innovative mobile computing options to our customers," said Jim Wong, senior corporate vice president and president of IT Products Global Operations at Acer. "Moblin gives customers innovative software with applications and tools that deliver a fully optimized Netbook experience on Linux."

The SUSE edition of Moblin running on these leading Netbook and Nettop devices can be seen at Novell booths M1314-M1318 and M1413-M1417 in the Nangkang Exhibition Hall at the Computex conference in Taipei, Taiwan June 2 -6, 2009.

"Designed to meet Internet Access, Media and Social Networking demands of mobile computing users, the SUSE edition of Moblin is a natural fit for the netbook form factor," said Sambora Chern, senior director of Global Marketing of Micro-Star International (MSI). "MSI already offers SUSE Linux Enterprise Desktop preloaded on MSI devices and this new Novell version of Moblin offers another interesting desktop computing opportunity for our customers."

A number of Netbooks were on display at the news conference, running several different versions of Moblin on various Netbooks, including SUSE Moblin, Xandros Moblin, Linpus Moblin, Red Flag Moblin and Ubuntu Moblin running on Netbooks from Hewlett-Packard, Asustek Computer, Micro-Star International and Hasee Computer.

There were also a few handheld computers, which Intel called Mobile Internet devices, running Moblin 2.0. BenQ displayed its new S6 MID running on Moblin, while Compal Electronics showed off an MID with a slide-out QWERTY keypad.

Ellis Wang, software product marketing director at Asustek Computer, showed off an Eee Keyboard, which is a keyboard with a built-in LCD screen and computer, with a Moblin OS at the conference.

Moblin 2.0 has met with some controversy since its launch. The easy use and nice look of the software has prompted several reports to call chip giant Intel an OS company, and Moblin 2.0 a rival to Windows in Netbooks. Moblin 2.0 offers a number of improvements over the previous version, including an improved user interface, quick boot-up and easy connections to messaging and social networking sites such as Facebook.

Doug Fisher, Vice President of the software and services group at Intel, said his team is aiming for a 5-second bootup for Moblin because mobile users are accustomed to quick boot-up times. The company will also continues to optimize Moblin to squeeze the most power savings possible out of its Atom microprocessors, he said.

Novell's announcement of a Moblin version 2-based edition of SUSE demonstrates Novell's leadership in the Intel Atom™ processor-based Netbook market," said Doug Fisher, vice president of Intel's Software and Services Group and general manager of the System Software Division. "The combination of Novell's Moblin-based implementation and Intel Atom™ processor based Netbooks from leading hardware vendors will offer consumers a great opportunity to appreciate the breadth and depth of the Moblin experience."

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