There are usually three things for which I like to claim that Portland serves as the “de facto hub“: open source, OpenID, and mobile.
And tonight, two of those worlds collide—open source and mobile—thanks to Mobile Portland and Moblin, an open source project for mobile development hosted by the Linux Foundation. And it’s not just for phones. It’s for netbooks, as well.
Sound interesting? Well, you’re going to want to mosey on over to AboutUs for Mobile Portland, tonight at 6 PM.
What is Moblin attempting to accomplish?
Moblin is an optimized Linux platform that provides a modern, engaging user experience for mobile devices, such as netbooks, MIDs, and IVI systems. Moblin has a common core of Application and User Interface services and APIs, which provide application developers a rich and consistent development environment across multiple device form factors.
Not only does the combined open source and mobile focus make it Portland-y, it’s got another Silicon Forest tie-in: Intel. You see, the folks leading up the project are part of the Intel Open Source Technology Center:
Bob Spencer [of Portland] works at the Open Source Technology Center (OSTC) at Intel as a software developer. He is focused on working with the Linux Foundation developing the compliance specs for Moblin.
Mike Shaver [of Portland] also works at the OSTC and is focused on building out the web infrastructure and community for Moblin.
Paul Cooper is located at the London office of OSTC and manages a team of Moblin developers working on the user experience functionality.