Facts on Ubuntu Mobile and Moblin

The photo above is of Matthew Garrett during his presentation on Ubuntu Mobile at Bossaconference 08. I did not know how confused I was about Ubuntu Mobile until I watched the presentation and talked to him about it. Most importantly: Moblin and Ubuntu Mobile are not the same thing and they are not competitors. They do work together but both contribute their own set of components. This is what I have learned:

Ubuntu Mobile

Official Site

This is an edition of Ubuntu that is built specifically for Mobile Internet Devices (MIDs.) The goal is to provide full Web functionality including essential closed components like Flash and Java. The Ubuntu Mobile team is working on the best way to provide a system, UI, and user experience.

What it is:

  • A handheld (not desktop or phone) Linux operating system.