Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 19th May 2009 21:03 UTC, submitted by Michael Larabel
Linux "We first got excited for Moblin 2.0 back in January when seeing how fast this Linux distribution had booted on Atom-powered netbooks. This Fedora-derived distribution booted even faster with a newer development release that came out this past March. While Moblin 2.0 final is not yet released, there is now more to get excited over than just amazing boot times. Moblin 2.0 will introduce a Clutter-based user interface and from our initial encounters with this release, it is very impressive! In this article we have more information on this new Moblin UI along with screenshots and videos."
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Well...
by lithium on Tue 19th May 2009 22:51 UTC
lithium
Member since:
2005-06-29

...played with it for a bit now and like it quite a bit. A few thoughts:

* no Email app? -> Anjal will probably make it into Moblin2 final and it looks promising already.

* no word processor? -> I would expect at least Abiword... maybe something is being worked on? Abiword already runs great on X0.

* no Tomboy. Absolutely needed with nice integration like the dates stuff.

* the IM stuff did not really work for me but I'm pleased to see Telepathy/Empathy being used

* the application starter needs some love... it works, but it feels slow. The settings category should be its own thing IMHO.

* The over-all look is nice but the icons look a bit dull. App icons are too similar IMHO and many of the black/white glyphs (see GEdit toolbar for example) are not clear enough. The GTK widget theme could be a bit more interesting as well.

* the window switching is just *fail*. It is actually a total show-stopper for me. Why not just have some autohide bar on the bottom for this?

Edited 2009-05-19 22:58 UTC

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RE: Well...
by segedunum on Tue 19th May 2009 23:43 in reply to "Well..."
segedunum Member since:
2005-07-06

You've hit the nail on the head and it's certainly what struck me when I tried it out myself after becoming curious over anything else I encountered. Where the hell are the applications?

Yes, it's attractive, but as I've said time and again around here if you don't have the applications and the functionality that people want, and have them built for the environment in mind, you're heading to a place called nowhere. What do they do? Yes, integrating Abiword would be nice but it has got to work well enough for people buying into devices with Moblin installed and trying to integrate beefy applications like Open Office and Evolution with the functionality most people expect into that is going to be a very tall order. Pulling in Mono for Tomboy is also going to be another unknown in the environment. Things diverge pretty quickly.

Beyond the exterior french polishing the interior needs a hell of a lot of thought and work before this ever amounts to anything.

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RE[2]: Well...
by SEJeff on Wed 20th May 2009 00:27 in reply to "RE: Well..."
SEJeff Member since:
2005-11-05

Chill out it is fedora. rpm -Uvh ...

At absolute worst you setup a mock chroot and do:
mock -r moblin-2.0-x86_64 rebuild gnote.src.rpm or whatnot ;)

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RE[2]: Well...
by Lobotomik on Wed 20th May 2009 13:14 in reply to "RE: Well..."
Lobotomik Member since:
2006-01-03

This is not a Linux distro; it is something else. It is Moblin that will be added in the existing distributions, and then stirred in order to get new and vastly improved mobile linux flavors.

Soon, when you get your next Ubuntu Network Remix, or a Fedora Network Spin, it will be Moblin based, with the apparently missing apps coming from the standard existing repositories, mostrly from those of Gnome and GTK+ software.

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RE[2]: Well...
by vivainio on Wed 20th May 2009 22:11 in reply to "RE: Well..."
vivainio Member since:
2008-12-26

Pulling in Mono for Tomboy is also going to be another unknown in the environment.


Heard of gNote? It's basically direct port of Tomboy to C++.

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RE: Well...
by Mellin on Wed 20th May 2009 05:43 in reply to "Well..."
Mellin Member since:
2005-07-06

Gnote (doesn't need mono like tomboy does)

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RE[2]: Well...
by lithium on Wed 20th May 2009 07:19 in reply to "RE: Well..."
lithium Member since:
2005-06-29

I don't see mono as a problem. Even with this dependency, Tomboy starts up quicker and it is well maintained (I bet gnote will be dead in a few month!)

But just starting some app is no use here, it needs integration love. Just like Banshee is getting a totally new GUI just for this... (and it's using mono as well)

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RE: Well...
by Bagnaj97 on Thu 21st May 2009 09:30 in reply to "Well..."
Bagnaj97 Member since:
2007-01-24

...and from what I could see:

* no shutdown menu/button. I couldn't see an option anywhere to shutdown. When I hit the power button on my netbook it shutdown without asking for confirmation.

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