MSI and Novell team up for U135 netbook
MSI and Novell have come together to announce an upcoming netbook – the MSI U135 that will feature SUSE Moblin preloaded on it. This news comes shortly after the recent roll out of Moblin version 2.1, and it also marks the first original equipment manufacturer (OEM) that will retail a fully-supported Intel Atom processor-based netbook that has Moblin-based technology running to keep well informed consumers happy with yet another alternative to the Windos platform. The Moblin-powered MSI U135 was specially designed for both the consumer and the enterprise, where you will be able to experience a rich Internet journey with integrated e-mail, multimedia and Web browsing capabilities while you’re on the road.
Thanks to the latest innovations from all the sweat and blood of the open source community, alongside technological innovations by Novell and Intel, the MSI U135 netbook is capable of offering virtually an all-day computing experience, bosating superior battery life and low power consumption integrated within. According to am Peddibhotla, Open Source Business Director, Intel Software and Services Group, “The Moblin project has the potential to become an accessible and widely used computing platform. We have worked closely with Novell in refining the current Moblin version 2.1 for the netbook. We are pleased to see companies like MSI and Novell embracing the technology, contributing to its development and bringing it fully-supported to customers.”
No idea on when the MSI U135 that runs on SUSE Moblin will hit the general market, but it was on display at the MSI booth during the recently concluded CES 2010. It is touted to be the “most user-friendly Linux netbook option for consumers” at press time, and with netbooks continue to grow in terms of market share, we can more or less expect to see similar SUSE Moblin-powered netbooks in the future assuming demand for this particular MSI U135 model takes off in a grand manner. There is no word on pricing, but we do expect it to be a wee bit cheaper compared to the Windows-powered version since there is no license to pay for.