Intel hasn’t hasn’t really taken a shine to the idea of netbooks, since the low price point of the Atom processor they use doesn’t allow for very high profit margins. Well, it looks like Intel has realized that netbooks are here to stay because they’ve just taken the wraps off their own flavor of Linux optimized for the Atom processor: Moblin.
Currently available as an alpha release, Moblin is built off of the GNOME Mobile platform and will utilize Intel’s own Clutter and GUPnP open source technologies. This is pretty exciting news since we just found out about another netbook-specific operating system: Jolicloud. At the very least, you probably won’t be seeing a lot of XP around soon.