Just tonight I ran across the moblin project that the good folks over at Intel are working on and it sounds too good to be true. Boot times are insanely fast – like 5 seconds, and the download is impossibly small at 264mb. Well from what I have seen so far, this thing is pretty dang sweet.
First, I simply boot from the ISO on my lappy, and BAM! around 7 or so seconds later I have it running. Sweet! If only Windows could load 10 times slower I would be happy, happy, happy. So now I want to install it to run under VMware Fusion, can't be that hard – I already have Windows 7 and Ubuntu running…. After about 20 minutes of playing around with the OS selector, I get it to install (sans kernal panics) using the FreeBSD option. The thing that caught me up to start with though was having to allocate the disk – first. Without the disk allocated, it wouldn't see the virtual drive. Now it's running like a champ.
I think it's official that I have crossed over the transgeekridion line, I mean not even 1 minute after I read something about a super slim, quick version of Linux for netbooks, I download it and try to get it running on my Mac. I would have tried on my desktop by it runs an AMD chip, so I figured it might implod or something equally as obsidious.
You can get the source code to create custom images all to you own liking using the Moblin Image Creator (or MIC2 if you prefer) if you are of the uber-geek variety, or just download prebuilt ISOs and run with the fun from there. I opted for door number three simply because I like instant gratification.
The netbook trend is very exciting to me, and I have been trying to come up with a good excuse to get a netbook for a couple of months now – I mean come on! For $350 bucks, why not – hell, get two they're cheap. Any way, yay for Intel -moblin is way cool and chock full of potential.