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Moblin
Moblin Linux 2.1.png
Screenshot of Moblin 2.1
Company / developer The Linux Foundation/Intel
OS family Linux
Source model Free Software/Open source
Latest stable release 2.1 / November 4, 2009
Package manager RPM Package Manager
Kernel type Monolithic kernel
License Various
Official Website moblin.org

Moblin, short for 'mobile Linux', is an open source operating system and application stack for Mobile Internet Devices (MIDs), netbooks, nettops and embedded devices.[1] Built around the Intel Atom processor, current builds are designed to minimize boot times and power consumption to create a netbook and MID-centric operating system. The netbook/desktop version of Moblin currently supports other chipsets based on the SSSE3 instruction set, such as the Core2 and some Celeron processors.

Commercial products built around Moblin 2 include a Foxconn netbook[2] and an InvenTech smartphone[3], both announced at Computex 2009. Acer has also announced the replacement of Linpus Linux with Moblin on their Acer Aspire netbooks.[4][5] For its mobile Internet device class smartphone LG GW990, LG Electronics chose Moblin OS 2.1[6][7]. More recently, Dell began accepting orders for its Ubuntu Moblin Remix, a Canonical Ltd. project that builds Moblin using a more full-featured Ubuntu distribution as base [8]. Mandriva has started to offer Moblin's v2 version to all Mandriva distribution and netbook owners. [9]

At the Consumer Electronics Show in January 2010, MSI and Novell announced the upcoming availability of SUSE Moblin preloaded on the MSI U135 netbook. Following the recent release of Moblin version 2.1, this marks the first original equipment manufacturer (OEM) to sell a fully-supported Intel Atom processor-based netbook running Moblin-based technology to consumers. It was demonstrated at both the MSI and Intel booths at the show.[10] In addition, Samsung showed four netbooks preloaded with SUSE Moblin.

At the Mobile World Congress in February 2010, it was announced that the Moblin project would be merging with Maemo to create the MeeGo mobile software platform.

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History

Intel launched the Moblin.org site in July 2007 and significantly updated the site in April 2008 with the launch of the Intel Atom processor family at the Intel Developer Forum in Shanghai. A custom software development kit (SDK) is available on the site. The Moblin 2 OS was specifically designed to run on an Intel Atom processor in a netbook.[11]

In April 2009 Intel turned Moblin over to the Linux Foundation.[12][13] Development is now overseen by the Moblin Steering Committee, currently consisting of Imad Sousou, Arjan van de Ven, Matthew Allum, and Rusty Lynch. Except for Matthew Allum, founder of Intel's recently acquired OpenedHand,[14] all committee members are Intel employees.[15][16][17]

Moblin 2

At the Linux Collaboration Summit in April 2009, Intel demonstrated that the Moblin 2 alpha release can load major components of the stack, including the graphics system, and start up in mere seconds.[18] On May 19 2009, Imad Sousou announced the release of Moblin v2.0 beta for Netbooks and Nettops for developer testing.[19] Moblin 2's Core distribution is based on recent builds of Fedora, but other distributions to announce future support for the core Moblin stack include Linpus[4] and Ubuntu.[20][21]

This second major release marked a shift from the Xfce desktop environment to a custom-built GNOME Mobile UI based on OpenedHand's Clutter, a key piece of the Maemo graphical environment, built around the X Window System. The new UI also includes an integrated Gecko web browser.[22] The Register was impressed by the interface but noted the presence of "quite a few apparent bugs" and described the beta release of Moblin 2 as "closer to an alpha than a beta." [23].

Major components

  • Moblin Image Creator (MIC): allows developers to create a custom Linux file system for a device. Using MIC, a platform developer can choose which components from Moblin they want on their device, build the target file system, copy all the necessary files to a USB mass storage device and load the resulting files onto the target.
  • Kernel: platform-specific patches to the Linux kernel and various other device drivers.
  • UI Framework: screen interface and its underlying Clutter- and GTK-based framework.
  • Power Management Policy: extending and enhancing existing Linux power management capabilities
  • Browser: the Moblin browser is full-featured web browser based on Mozilla technologies with a finger-driven UI and MID UI integration.[citation needed] The Moblin browser supports key plug-ins like Adobe Flash.
  • Multimedia: audio and video playback and photo viewing including Helix or GStreamer multimedia frameworks with Universal Plug and Play support through the GUPnP library.
  • Linux Connection Manager: Internet connections that can be extended through plug-ins to support various wired or wireless technologies.

The Intel team was kind enough to acknowledge that Moblin v2.0 is built using the openSUSE Build Service.

Applications

Moblin 2's interface is designed for netbook and nettops and built on open source graphics technology, such as Clutter, DRI2, and KMS, which are designed around toolbars and panels available at the top of the screen.

  • Myzone is a variation on the desktop or home screen. It provides an overview of the user’s latest activities on the system. The screen is divided into three areas: recent activities, that is calendar and to-do items (left); recent files and websites, such as pictures viewed and websites visited (center); and recent social network updates, currently tracking Twitter and Last.fm (right).
  • A custom toolbar provides more personalized content on the screens it navigates to, than most toolbars do. Most menu items open screens that display the most recently accessed topical content. For example, the work zones panel manages, organizes, and switches to currently running applications and the media panel displays recently played and viewed media files.
  • The optimized browser is based on Mozilla browser technology revised into a Clutter shell.
  • A 'zoomable' media player allows going from viewing all media at once down to focusing on an individual picture, movie, or audio track. The media player detects and indexes media on external USB devices, as well as UPnP devices on a network.

See also

References

  1. ^ Moblin.org - Mobile Linux Internet Project
  2. ^ http://www.slashgear.com/foxconn-sz901-netbook-with-linpus-lite-moblin-v2-video-2945348/
  3. ^ http://www.midmoves.com/2009/06/mr-blurrycam-spots-a-mediaphone/
  4. ^ a b Engadget "Acer to join the Moblin Linux"
  5. ^ IDG News Service "Acer Will Use Moblin Linux Across Its Products"
  6. ^ "Atom-powered LG GW990 rocks the smartphone world". GSM Arena. GSMArena. 08 January, 2010. http://www.gsmarena.com/atompowered_lg_gw990_rocks_the_smartphone_world_-news-1369.php. Retrieved 10 January, 2010. 
  7. ^ "LG NEXT-GENERATION SMARTPHONE STARS IN INTEL CES KEYNOTE". LGE Press Release. LG Electronics. 07 January, 2010. http://www.lge.com/global/press-release/article/lg-next-generation-smartphone-stars-in-intel-ces-keynote.jsp. Retrieved 10 January, 2010. 
  8. ^ http://arstechnica.com/open-source/news/2009/09/moblin-2-arriving-via-dell-with-moblin-ubuntu-remix-netbook.ars
  9. ^ http://www.mandriva.com/enterprise/en/company/press/mandriva-mini-based-on-moblin-version-2-technology-is-now-available
  10. ^ http://www.novell.com/news/press/msi-ships-first-netbook-powered-by-suse-moblin-from-novell/
  11. ^ Ganapati, Priya. "Intel Pushes New Operating System For Netbooks", 2009.
  12. ^ http://www.linuxworld.com/news/2009/040109-intel-to-turn-moblin-over.html
  13. ^ http://bits.blogs.nytimes.com/2009/04/01/intel-hands-over-the-keys-to-its-linux-operating-system/
  14. ^ http://www.freesoftwaremagazine.com/columns/interview_matthew_allum_openedhand
  15. ^ http://en.oreilly.com/oscon2009/public/schedule/speaker/26479
  16. ^ http://www.linuxjournal.com/content/interview-arjan-van-de-ven-intel-and-lesswattsorg
  17. ^ http://conferences.oreillynet.com/cs/os2007/view/e_spkr/3904
  18. ^ Intel aims for 2-second boot time with Moblin Linux platform
  19. ^ Moblin v2.0 beta for Netbooks and Nettops - It's here...
  20. ^ Spec of Ubuntu Moblin Remix
  21. ^ Canonical announces support for Moblin v2
  22. ^ Hands-on: Intel brings rich UI to Moblin Linux platform Ars Technica
  23. ^ The best netbook-friendly Linux distros by Andrew Miller of The Register. June 9, 2009

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Gaming

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A Moblin, as seen in The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker.

Moblins モリブリン are fictional pig or bulldog-like monsters in The Legend of Zelda series of video games. They often reside in forests, where the player battles them as Link, the games' main character and protagonist. Moblins commonly carry spears, but some carry swords and clubs as well. Moblins can usually be found wandering the overworld of each game in which they appear. Ganon, the games' main antagonist, has been known to frequently utilize their greedy natures by hiring Moblin mercenaries to seek out and destroy Link.[1]

There are few individual Moblins — the only Moblins that are part of their game's storyline are the Moblin King (Link's Awakening), the Great Moblin (Oracle of Ages and Oracle of Seasons), Moe (The Wind Waker), and the Monster Lady (The Minish Cap).

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Etymology

In Japan, where The Legend of Zelda games are developed, Moblins are known as モリブリン, written in romaji as "Moriburin". In the English releases of The Legend of Zelda and The Adventure of Link, this name was first translated into "Molblin"[2], sparking debates over the true origins of the name of the speciesTemplate:Fact. Nintendo of America translated it to "Moblin" in A Link to the Past, and the name has been consistent in all games since.

Appearances

Games

The Legend of Zelda

Moblins first appeared in The Legend of Zelda as spear-throwing bulldog monsters. Their spears can be blocked by Link's Shield, and they had two key varieties, orange and blue; blue are stronger than orange, as they require more hits to kill. They are most commonly found in forest areas. A few orange Moblins hiding in secret hideouts across Hyrule give the player Rupees and deliver the famous quote, "ITS A SECRET TO EVERYBODY".

There is a Goron in Twilight Princess who states "It's a secret to everybody." when spoken to after the Hyrule Castle has been encased in a barrier.

The Adventure of Link

In The Adventure of Link, Moblins come in many new forms. The top-down view of the original Zelda made them seem short and squat, while the side-scrolling view makes them look tall and quite thin. The Moblins in this game are after Link's blood, which would have been used to resurrect Ganon, who was previously vanquished by the "original" Link. Usually, they will come at Link with defenses up, throwing Spears, while others continue regenerating and coming at Link from both sides of the screen, stealing Experience points from Link whenever their spear points touch him. Link can block their spears with his shield. The different varieties of Moblins in The Adventure of Link include red Moblins, blue Moblins, and orange Moblins. Orange Moblins simply throw their Spears at Link. Red Moblins cannot throw their spear, but they can stab high or low with it. Blue Moblins can throw their spears and stab low with them.

A Link to the Past

In A Link to the Past, Moblins can only be found in the Dark World, taking the place of the variously-colored soldiers in the Light World. While the Pig Soldiers appear to be Moblins, they are never referred to as such. The ones who are Moblins are the spear-throwing ones, whose spears can be blocked by Link's shield. The ending added to the remake of this game implies that Moblins and Pig Soldiers are actually Ganon's only true soldiers, and that the other enemies are not on his side, but influenced by Agahnim's guise as the king of Hyrule. In its Satellaview direct sequel, BS The Legend of Zelda: The Ancient Stone Tablets, there are no Moblins, on account of the fact that the Dark World is not present.

Link's Awakening

Link's Awakening marks the first time a Moblin ever used a sword. Moblins only appear in the Mysterious Forest and the Moblin Hideout, as Sword Moblins (always with shields as well). The Moblins with swords do not wander around aimlessly throwing spears like most of their race, but instead home in on intruders (Link in this case) like the guards in A Link to the Past. Some Moblins in this game, however, do maintain the tactic of wandering and firing arrows. The Moblin King, who kidnapped Madam Meow-Meow's Bow-Wow (a Chain Chomp from the Mario games) resides in the Moblin Hideout, and serves as a boss in this game.

Ocarina of Time

In Ocarina of Time, Moblins only appear in the Sacred Forest Meadow when Link is an adult. All but one of them will charge at Link with a spear when they spot him; the last one guards the corridor leading to the entrance of the Forest Temple, and when Link approaches it, it will hit the ground releasing shock-waves from its club that will harm Link if they make contact. Both the regular Moblins and the guardian are much larger than any previous Moblins. Although these Moblins are also pig-like in form, they have a somewhat bulldog-like face and a bull-like scream when they charge. Those found in the maze area can be defeated using a large variety of weapons, although the large Moblin wielding a club is best countered with arrows because of its range, or with the Hookshot, Longshot, or sword from behind. Unlike other enemies in this game, Navi is unable to lock on to or provide information about the Moblins here.

In the Master Quest version of Ocarina of Time, a Club Moblin that causes shock-waves like the one guarding the Forest Temple entrance can be found in the Spirit Temple.

Oracle of Ages and Oracle of Seasons

In Oracle of Seasons and Oracle of Ages, Moblins are one of the most common enemies. They act exactly as they did in Link's Awakening. They come in red and blue varieties, and Oracle of Seasons features a one-of-a-kind gold Moblin; the blue ones are usually more difficult to find and to defeat.

The Great Moblin
The Great Moblin

The Great Moblin terrorizes the populace in Holodrum and Labrynna — however he is never in two places at once; he is always in the land of the game played first, and then when Link drives him out of that land he goes into the other land, where the player can further humiliate him if they follow him by playing a linked game using a password from the first. He will also recognize Link in that second land, whereas in the non-linked game he has never seen him before.

In Labrynna he builds his Moblin Keep (with warning signs all around it) and rules over the mountain and its inhabitants, preventing the Gorons from growing their famous Bomb Flowers — he makes the more traditional sort of bombs (by hand), so it is to be assumed that he wants to drive them out of business.

In Holodrum he builds another Moblin Keep, but this one is very different and has cannons all around the walls. He stands on the wall, waiting to take out anyone who comes near. However, his cannons fire bombs rather than cannonballs, so he is more an annoyance to Link rather than a real threat.

The Great Moblin and his henchmen are greedy, and always out to make a profit. In Holodrum (depending on the story strand) the player will find his minions surrounding Dimitri. They intend to sell him ("Bwee! I found somethin' weird! If we catch it and sell it, we'll be rich!!! And the Great Moblin will be very pleased!!!"). If Link wants to rescue Dimitri from this fate he has to pay them a total of 80 Rupees in exchange for him.

If the player is in Holodrum while playing a linked game, the Great Moblin kidnaps Princess Zelda, once again hoping to make a profit ("Such fine clothes... You must be a high-class girl! Rupees, jewels, everything! Give me your valuables!"). After a brief skirmish, though, he retreats back to the Moblin Keep.

After Link destroys the Holodrum Moblin Keep, he will not leave the land (like he does when his Keep in Labrynna is destroyed) but will instead move into an abandoned house in the south-eastern corner of Sunken City. There he and his minions make bombs, apparently to sell to get the funds to rebuild the Keep. If Link drops a bomb or an Ember Seed on this pile and then runs out the door, the house explodes, and the Great Moblin and his henchmen narrowly escape the smoldering ruins. They soon return again to rebuild the house (which is a much shabbier version of the building) and continue making bombs once more. Link can blow up this second house too, and they will flee yet again. The next time they rebuild, however, the moment Link ignites their pile of bombs the Great Moblin says, "Bwee-hee! So it was you! You'll pay!!! An eye for an eye!". They throw Link into the house and run away, and it explodes with Link still inside, killing him (and giving the player the save/continue menu as with any death).

Moblin Ring

In Oracle of Ages and Oracle of Seasons, Link can acquire a magical Ring that transforms him into a Moblin. He cannot use any attacks in this form, but he is ignored by any Moblins (with the exception of the Great Moblin), and also cannot be eaten by Like Likes]]. The ring can only be found in Maple's possession, or inside of a Gasha Nut.

The Wind Waker

In The Wind Waker, Moblins are large, gray-brown or blue pig monsters who carry glaives. If they catch Link inside the Forsaken Fortress while he is unable to defend himself, they will set him alight with their lanterns and throw him back into his cell. They can use their glaives to thrust at Link, which they usually do 2–3 times before unleashing a wide swipe. Link can disarm a Moblin and use the glaives they wield as a weapon.

Bokoblins

Relatives of Moblins are the smarter, but less powerful Bokoblins, little pig-imp creatures with a speared tail, who are often found in dungeons and all over the Great Sea, often on rafts and lookout towers and in submarines. They come in blue, green and pink colors, and often carry telescopes, machetes, or Boko Sticks. Some also wield small wooden shields that bear the post office marker of the Forsaken Fortress. Their attack style is straight-on, weaving left and right until an opportune moment to strike, and they often perform jump attacks. They are also capable of operating machinery, such as the giant search lights at the Forsaken Fortress. Skills such as the ability to operate machinery and use various tools may render the Bokoblin much more intelligent than their relatives, the Moblins. They also carry Joy Pendants as spoils which is the first item that is stolen when a Grappling Hook is used on one or when they are killed. The Joy Pendants can be given to the schoolteacher on Windfall Island, which will yield Link rewards.

Miniblins
A Miniblin

Smaller than Bokoblins, Miniblins are a type of pygmy side-species. They repeatedly spawn and attack in masses until Link leaves the area. They appear mostly in caves, but also in sections of the Great Sea. Miniblins also appear in Phantom Hourglass.

The Minish Cap

Moblins in The Minish Cap are virtually identical in appearance and actions to their The Wind Waker counterparts, except they never carry torches. They are equipped with either bows or spears. The bowmen will shoot Link on sight, while the spearmen charge at him in a straight line (they have no slashing attack). They come in "flesh" and gray varieties, and often drop large amounts of Rupees when slain.

Twilight Princess

King Bulblin astride Lord Bullbo

Although Moblins appeared in the 2004 trailer of Twilight Princess, they are not present in the final release. Instead, Bokoblins return from The Wind Waker, along with a new Moblin relative called Bulblins, humanoid orc-like creatures with bull-like horns. Bulblins are armed with maces or bows, and can ride in pairs on boars known as "Bullbos". The Bulblins are led by King Bulblin.

Bokoblins in Twilight Princess can be found in various areas. Their endurance and difficulty is dependent on their colors; blue or red (wielding wooden and steel swords respectively), the latter being the more powerful enemy. Unlike their The Wind Waker versions, these Bokoblins have whitish hair, and look much more human having lost their pig-snouts and tails.

Other media

Moblins in the cartoon series

Two Moblins from The Legend of Zelda animated series.

The Moblins in the DiC cartoon series had red eyes (like those in the original Zelda game) and a bulldog-like appearance. Their stupidity led them to constantly foul up their master Ganon's plans. However they could still think for themselves, and at one point decided Ganon was so hopeless (Link always thwarted his schemes) that they were better off without him; they overthrew him and formed "The Brotherhood of Underworld Monsters" with the other liberated monsters that were previously under Ganon's rule (such as the Stalfos, Mobys and Wolfos), but in the end they were not much more effective without their leader.

Moblins in the comics

A Moblin, as seen in the comic adaptation of The Legend of Zelda.

As in the animated series, the comic book Moblins are not intelligent, but they do have individual personalities and are able to speak. Moblins in The Wind Waker are known to speak and understand Hylian.

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