We're joining the Moblin initiative! In fact, we're issuing a press release all about it. Do you know what Moblin is? I didn't either so I did some research. Simply put, Moblin is an initiative championed by Intel to create open source software for netbooks and mobile internet devices (MIDs) enabled by the new Atom processor.
The general idea is that OEMs are developing a lot of MID devices and Netbooks these days. In fact, they're building so many of these devices that the category really needed it's own category of processor. If you need any evidence of this, 17 of the top 25 notebooks on Amazon right now are Netbooks. Responding to this consumer demand Intel created the Atom processor. The Atom processor has to do two things really well. First, it has to be less expensive because the devices themselves are quite a bit less expensive than the traditional notebook. Second, it should consume less energy because, in general, netbooks/MID devices aren't playing high-end games or running processor intensive programs.
As you know our product, Splashtop, is all about getting you online to your favorite web applications seconds after you hit the power button. Because of our web-focused environment, we're a perfect match for the Moblin effort. We recognize that most of what you do on your computer is in a browser so we're all about making sure that this is a streamlined experience and that you're saving power for a longer lasting battery and a more eco-friendly world.
The great thing about an open source project like Moblin is that we can pool our efforts to deliver a better experience that is more specific to the type of device that you're on. Here's a quick quote by Ram Peddibhotla:
"Rapid access to the Internet on Intel® Atom™ processor based MIDs and netbooks is what consumers want and is a growing part of the industry," says Ram Peddibhotla, director Open Source Technology Center, Intel Corporation. “Open source projects promote rapid innovation and we are glad to see companies like DeviceVM take advantage of the moblin.org community to deliver a satisfying internet experience.”
So, there you have it. If you want to find out more check out the Moblin site.