Now a days I don’t spend time on downloading, installing and testing linux distributions since I am busy with other stuff. I often hear about Moblin distribution specialized for Netbooks. It has a unique User interface designed keeping in mind that Netbook screen estate is small and 16:9 aspect ratio. The hardware requirement is worth mentioned here since it is too restrictive.
- CPU: Intel(r) Atom(tm) or Intel(r) Core(tm) 2 CPU (support for SSSE3)
Note: Moblin will not work on non-SSSE3 CPUs
- Platforms with the GMA-500, Nvidia, or ATI Graphics chipset are not supported.
Because of these points, I thought of testing this distro on my Sony VAIO VGN-CS15GN/B laptop. Luckily this laptop fits the above requirement of distro. Moblin performs tasks faster than Ubuntu as I feel while working (I don’t have any statistics to justify this). User Interface is in right direction to make it more friendly. Applications are closely integrated with desktop environment. I believe successive releases will make it more cloud friendly.
Here is the screenshots gallery on my laptop.