Intel has launched a Linux distribution, Moblin, that can be used as the operating system on Intel-based netbook computers.
It's a little-known fact that Intel has about 3 000 software developers. Until now, they've been working on software for mobile phones and games.
Moblin is well suited to mobile devices, switching on a getting connected to the Internet in about seven seconds. It is also adapted for the world of social networking.
Although it is being used in the netbook market, the operating system is better suited to smartphones, says a report in the New York Times.