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Moblin v2.0 Beta on openSUSE

May 19th, 2009 by

Today Intel and the Linux Foundation released a technology preview of the Moblin v2 beta, including the Moblin User Interface (UI) that is optimized for netbooks. To give a sneak preview of the future of Linux on mobile devices, the openSUSE Project is providing a preview release of the Moblin UI on top of openSUSE.

To get a feel for the Moblin UI, we’re providing installable ISO and USB images, as well as screenshots of the Moblin interface. As you can see from the screenshots, the new UI makes the most of the netbook form factor while providing a rich user interface that’s easy to use.

Installing openSUSE with the Moblin UI

This is not a final release, and should be considered a technology preview only. You should install this release only on a testing machine. At this time, the installer does not provide partitioning options. This will delete all data on the target machine’s hard drive. Repeat: THIS WILL DELETE ALL INFORMATION ON YOUR HARD DRIVE.

In addition to the installable images, we’ve also provided RPMs and Source RPMs (SRPMs), which are available on Novell Forge.

The current release is targeted at Intel Atom-based Netbooks and may or may not load properly on other hardware. However, for those users who do have compatible hardware, we wanted to provide this tech preview to give a chance to get hands-on access to Moblin v2 as it’s being developed.

For a look at the UI, hit the Flickr set or slideshow below:

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25 Responses to “Moblin v2.0 Beta on openSUSE”

  1. Claes

    This looks really cool.
    Will this be incorporated into factory, so openSUSE 11.2 would be the killer distribution for Netbooks?


  2. Slobodan

    Elegant and clean
    I like it

  3. Aryaan Dasraj Kanishka Skanda

    Nice interface. One of Linux’s weaknesses to date has been crappy UI looks; especially the cartoonish unprofessional look of gnome esp with cartoonish Tango icons. Although KDE’s look is much better than gnome (esp KDE 4.1.x & above), the moblin look and feel is much better in terms of consistency, professional look for consumer electronics and in terms of light-weight code; KDE4 seems to be too heavy for lower-end processors (Pentium III; Atom etc.). This open UI is the same class as Apple’s UI, in terms of polish & look, for small devices. Excellent work; looking forward to placing it on all our PDA’s, netbooks and etc as soon it becomes production. Meanwhile, we’ll test it. Small scale devices are even more price sensitive than PCs and we just can’t afford to waste our mobile devices budget on paying microsoft a license fee (more like a tax) for providing almost no value add with their restrictive, unstable, substandard, CPU crippling, bloatware OSes. We’d rather pay for services from Suse or Redhat for value add specific to our organization instead. Clearly, from our organizations asseesment opensuse/suse seem to be the best of the Linuxes when it comes to mobile computer support and UI/useability functionality. Great WOrk Suse!!!

    • Yeah, I don’t think you understand Tango at all.

      First, before Tango came along, Linux icon sets were much more haphazard than they are today. The Tango standard unified things actually makes the desktop look more professional than it used it.

      Second, it’s not simply a set of icons. It’s a style guideline for how icons are designed and used. There are extremely specific rules to how icons using the Tango icons are built. As such, user identification of icons, especially small ones, is much larger than with many other icon sets.

      Third, They were designed to fit in on both Windows and OS X systems. They’re actually a lot less cartoony than the Windows XP icons.

      Fourth, the Gnome icon set was built using Tango standards and looks plenty professional.

      Finally, I’d hold off on praising this as on par with OS X’s usability. Take a look at the screen. It looks shiny and pretty, sure. But can you honestly tell at a glance what half those icons do? I’m still not sure I understand the one with three circles on it, and I read the ars-technica walkthrough of it.

  4. John

    Where do I download the USB images?

  5. Paulo Cesar

    Does this Suse version runs on non-sse3 processors like EeePC 701 one?


    • stuart

      I would also like to know this. I started downloading from http://www.moblin.org and had downloaded half before I realised that it was not going to run on my eee 900

    • TK

      Here are some tested platforms


      I’m going to test it on my eeePC 701/4G with the live image from the link above and an usb-stick.

      I’ll report the results.

      • TK

        Moblin does not work for me on my eeePC 701/4G. The Display shows a desktop wallpaper but the system does not fully boot up.

      • Paulo Cesar

        Actually, official Moblin is well known not compatible with EEPC 701, because it requires SSE3. The real question here is: does this opensuse version require it too? Because it’s a different platform, it only uses the same interface

        • vpetkov

          yes, I’d also like to ask if the kernel requires ssse3? because I want to install it on my thinkpad x40 and my pentium M processor doesn’t support ssse3 and pae

  6. Chris

    Why is the stuff on some Novell Forge instead of OBS? Also why don’t you use OBS to build it?

    What I would really love to see is that you use 100% openSUSE and provide everything missing via the normal channels because this would allow one to use the normal repositories to get other needed software. E.g. selling Netbooks with SLED makes it a pita for users to get needed packages (yes, I know OBS can build for SLE as well but there’s simply loads more available for openSUSE – which also gets developed / improved faster).

  7. zak89

    Is it possible to install Moblin “ontop” of an existing openSUSE install? Also, is the kernel RPM at the Novell Forge repo the same as included in the default Moblin image? The site suggested that Moblin’s kernel is compiled specifically for the Intel Atom, and has other optimazations specific to netbooks. Is this the case with Novell’s RPMs?

  8. Ken

    I have installed moblin packages on my existing openSUSE installation. However, when I choose Moblin User Experience from KDM sessions menu, I get a blank screen with a mouse cursor on it. Nothing else. I have added moblin repo to Yast and then installed moblin.

    How do I know what is going wrong? What are the mandatory packages required for Moblin?

    • enki

      How do you installed over? I want to try just UI, I have standard notebook with ati card and core2 processor.

  9. zak89

    I think the problem is that your existing GNOME/GTK configuration is clashing with the Moblin UI. Try “mv .gnome2 .gnome2.old”; “mv .config .config.old”, etc with all you GTK related hidden directories.

  10. Christoph Hochstrasser

    I want to install it on my netbook, but i don’t get the provided image installing from a usb drive.

    I’m trying it with Unetbootin and i get always the same error while booting up:

    “No CD/DVD or USB Drive found”

    Has anyone got this image working from a usb drive?

  11. Brendan

    I get the same as the person above. Tried using unetboot to put it on a thumbdrive to install on my samsung nc10 and same error every time No CD/DVD or USB drive found when it’s clearly reading the usb?

  12. Teo

    Is there an IRC channel for moblin?

  13. Won’t boot on Acer Aspire One :(

  14. Remi

    I can’t get it to install, it says base system installed already. Even after I wipe my hard drive, and the MBR.

  15. fail!