I’ll be brief. The Moblin project is at Beta 2.0 which these days usually means “been in production for a couple of years”. Having been to the project site I had very high hopes for this distro.
Moblin is not afraid to buck trends and my very brief trial of Moblin would suggest that, yes, this very much is a beta. It lacks polish and clarity and seems flaky. Windows users will know what I mean.
The Moblin interface is very iconic. I guess they have tried to take a leaf from the XO Sugar project but I think they have missed the point. Instead of creating an elegant intuitive UI they have created a pretty but very dumbed down experience. To say this is frustrating is an understatement. Whilst I am sure any technical problems can be easily ironed out I do not believe the UI approach is encouraging or sustainable.
All the above said, it could also be that Moblin is not really a Netbook OS but more of a palm/smartphone OS. If that is the case then it is very fit for purpose.
Screen grabs and blog – http://moblin.org/community/blogs/imad/2009/moblin-v20-beta-netbooks-and-nettops-its-here.
Apologies for my little lie in my last post. I hope to get onto Arch next.