Intel & Novell vs. Ubuntu for the Linux Netbook: Moblin vs. Ubuntu Netbook Remix

I caught this over on ZDNet…

Intel, Novell stump for Moblin netbook OS

I recall reading about this about a year or two ago but didn’t see anything really emerge from it. Taking a quick look over at…

moblin.org

…reveals what the project itself categorizes as alpha quality release. It can, however, be tested in relative safety by using the VMware image provided with the free VMware Player for Linux and Windows computers. Mac users can also try it if they purchased VMware Fusion for Mac.

In the meantime, Ubuntu’s Ubuntu Netbook Remix is available as a free production release right now. I’ve been running it on an Acer Aspire One netbook (512MB RAM with 8GB SSD) and remain very impressed by what I’ve seen so far.