Moblin 1.0 made the headlines because it promised to boot really quickly. But startup times alone will probably not be enough to lure Windows users into trying Intel’s purpose-built netbook operating system. That’s may well be why the brand new Moblin 2.0 beta looks really slick. It’s definitely still a little rough around the edges, but the user interface is impressive.
I ran the beta off an SD memory card on my Eee-PC 901. To my surprise, wifi worked, and I was immediately able to browse the web, post to Twitter (it has a built-in client!) and play with what may well become a very interesting OS for MID, netbook and UMPC devices.
(Moblin’s own video is, of course, way more impressive)