At the Linux Collaboration Summit, the director of Intel's Open Source Technology Center talked about the upcoming Moblin Linux OS (mainly used for Netbooks) & said that Intel hopes to achieve 2-second boot time & redefine mobile user interfaces.
Intel Open Source Technology Center director Imhad Sousou discussed the company's plans for the next major version of its Linux-based open source Moblin platform. The aim of Moblin, Sousou says, "is to improve the quality of the Linux user experience on Atom-based devices."
Tests of the latest Moblin 2 alpha release which was released 2 weeks ago show that the major components of the stack, including the graphics system, can start up in just a few seconds. Intel intends to build on this effort & hopes to eventually reduce total startup time to 2 seconds.
It will not be an easy task to reduce the boot time. Parallelizing components of the boot process is often viewed as the most practical way to reduce the total boot duration. Intel Open Source Technology Center director Imhad Sousou cautions that parallelization should be viewed as a means to an end & not an end in itself. "Parallelized bloat is still bloat," he said.
Intel clearly shows that is has high hopes for Moblin & an ambitious vision for the platform's future.
You can read the full article about the future of the Moblin platform here at the Ars Technica site.