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Institute launches center to promote Moblin industry

STAFF WRITER WITH CNA

The semi-official Institute for Information Industry has launched its own Moblin Enabling Center to help foster the domestic Moblin industry, the institute said yesterday.

The acting president of the institute, Ke Jyh-sheng (柯志昇), said the center’s priority was to help domestic IT manufacturers produce Moblin 2.0-compatible laptops and other mobile Internet devices.

Moblin, an open-source project led by Intel, aims to develop a Linux-based software platform for mobile Internet devices and other new categories of devices, such as netbooks and nettops — low-cost laptop and desktop computers.

With the platform, developers can build visually rich, dynamic and ready-to-use applications that run on devices with Intel CPUs.

Joined by major Taiwanese companies such as Asustek Computer Inc (華碩), Acer Inc (宏碁), Quanta Computer Corp (廣達) and Compal Electronics Inc (仁寶), Intel and the Ministry of Economic Affairs signed a cooperation agreement in late October to set up a Moblin-enabling center and bolster the development of WiMAX technology.

Heading 30 software engineers, Liu Ying-hui (劉英輝), the director of the Moblin project, said his job was to help build research and development capacity for Moblin software and integrate hardware production technologies with new trends to develop a Moblin supply chain.

Liu said the center would focus on three-dimensional user interface, fast start-up and power-saving technologies. It also hopes to become an accreditation institute for Moblin 2.0 compatibility.

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