Intel Moblin 2.0 Beta Experience on Virtual Machine

New UI on Moblin v2.0 beta

New UI design on Moblin v2.0 beta

Intel Moblin 2.0 beta has been released a few days ago. For those who don’t know about it, Moblin is an optimized Linux platform developed to enhance user experience on mobile devices, such as netbooks and MIDs. This new 2.0 beta brings along some new features and improvement compared to the previous public release. One of the most noticable improvement is the fresh new UI design and it’s appealing enough for me to try it.

I’m currently using Ubuntu 9.04 Jaunty Jackalope and thinking about trying Moblin 2.0 beta on a virtual machine. I installed Virtualbox 2.2.2 and created a new virtual machine (VM) there. Then I downloaded Moblin image from the official site. Unfortunately, Virtualbox cannot boot the provided image file (.IMG), and therefore the image must be converted into appropriate format. I came across this article which helped me a lot with the conversion. I enter the following command on a terminal:

VBoxManage convertfromraw -format VDI [filename].img [filename].vdi

Then I used the VDI file as hard disk and boot device on the VM. Make sure to enable PAE extension, otherwise it won’t boot. Here’s a quick overview on Moblin 2.0 beta based on my experience using VM.

Info about your activities are displayed here

Info about your activities are displayed here

The UI are organized into several sections (tabs). The first one is m_zone (yes, underline included). This section acts as a home page which contains general information about our activities. There are appointments, Twitter messages, and other info. If you noticed, the right part of the screen are cropped and some navigation icons on the right part are screwed. I think Moblin 2.0 beta is optimized for netbook display format, which is usually widescreen (16:10 or 16:9). On the VM I used, the display format is 4:3 so the screen may broke a little. ^^;

Keep your friends updated about you

Keep your friends updated about you

The next section is Status, which simply allows us to update our status via Twitter. Yes, we have to configure our Twitter account first, using the Web Services Settings.

Set your web services accounts here

Set your web services accounts here

Besides Twitter, Last.fm is also supported, but unfortunately I haven’t tried it yet because I don’t have an account there. ^^;

Moblin 2.0 beta is using Linux build of Chrome

Moblin 2.0 beta is using Linux build of Chrome

The Internet section is where we can browse the web. Surprisingly (at least for me ^^), it uses custom Linux build of Chrome as its browser. Aside from the missing browser setting configuration, this build of Chrome looks promising. I haven’t tried the browser further though, so I can only give a simple preview about this section.

Run installed applications from this section

Run installed applications from this section

Applications section contains list of installed applications, which are organized into several categories. It also stores some of your most frequently used applications on “Favourite Applications”. You can also instantly find an application by typing its name on the search field.

Configure all your network connections here

Configure all your network connections here

We can configure all available network connections from the Networks section. Since I were using Moblin 2.0 beta on VM, the only connection available are wired one. WiFi is supposed to be supported on actual netbooks or MIDs, but I’m not sure about 3G and WiMAX. Can anyone give confirmation about this?

Manage your appointment schedule here

Manage your appointment schedule here

Dates section is used to manage our appointments and activity schedule calendar. The only fields available are event/appointment name, date-time it will occur, and description. Sure, this application may not as complete as Evolution or other advanced calendar applications, but I think it’s enough for common users.

In my opinion, Intel Moblin 2.0 beta has improved a lot from its predecessor. It may not have the lightning-fast boot time from the previous public build of Moblin, but in term of general usability and features, Moblin 2.0 beta is awesome. The Moblin developers has done a great job enhancing the usability of Moblin. It’s interesting to see further development on this project.

Anyway, sorry for my poor English. I hope you are able to understand about what I’m trying to say here. ^^

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11 Balasan ke Intel Moblin 2.0 Beta Experience on Virtual Machine

  1. preeos berkata:

    Tertarik juga ni…

    Untuk kestabilan systemnya gimana pak?, dan mendukung aplikasi untuk ditambahkan apa saja 😀

  2. preeos berkata:

    Tertarik juga ni…

    Untuk kestabilan systemnya gimana pak?, dan mendukung aplikasi untuk ditambahkan apa saja 😀

  3. animaster berkata:

    Saya sendiri hanya menggunakan VM (virtual machine) untuk mencobanya dan belum sempat mengutak-utiknya lebih jauh. Silakan tunggu saja hingga Moblin v2 versi penuh dirilis. Canonical juga berencana menggunakan Moblin v2 dengan Ubuntu Netbook Remix lho. ^^

  4. mdm-adph berkata:

    Hey, thanks for the link!

  5. mdmadph berkata:

    Hey, thanks for the link!

  6. Ping balik: Animaster Talks | Simple Digital Life » Blog Archive » Mencoba Intel Moblin 2.1 pada Laptop

  7. Wolfi berkata:

    Sounds great. 🙂

    For sure, the Dates-Section will be further improved. 🙂

  8. animaster berkata:

    @Wolfi
    You can also read my quick review about the recently released Intel Moblin 2.1 here. It’s Indonesian though, so you’ll probably need to use the Google Translation tool on the rightbar. ^^

  9. animaster berkata:

    @Wolfi
    You can also read my quick review about the recently released Intel Moblin 2.1 here. It’s Indonesian though, so you’ll probably need to use the Google Translation tool on the rightbar. ^^

  10. Wolfi berkata:

    Sounds great. :)For sure, the Dates-Section will be further improved. 🙂

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