Mandriva showcased the first prototype of the Mandriva Linux
distribution with KDE running on the new Intel Mobile Internet Device
(MID) platform at the aKademy 2007 conference.
"The new Intel MID platform is a perfect match for Mandriva's Flash
mobile technology. Our product brings complementary mobile features to
traditional PC users. The MID platform extends Mandriva's ease of use
and end user experience into mobile devices", declares David Barth, VP
Engineering. "We are very excited about these new Intel MID devices
and the opportunities they present to our OEM customers."
Videos of the Mandriva MID prototype are available at:
These videos show a device prototype running a Mandriva 3D desktop
using Metisse and Compiz cube effects. The 3D features are
demonstrated along with webcam and touch-screen support. Another video
also shows OpenArena - a game based on the Quake 3 engine - running on
the prototype, demonstrating the Intel MID's processing power.
"Porting Flash to the Intel MID was quick and easy thanks to
Mandriva's hardware auto-configuration module. We also appreciate the
efforts of the Intel engineers to ensure the various devices in this
new platform are all Linux compatible," says Olivier Blin, Mandriva
During the conference, KDE developers including Sebastian Kuegler,
KDE e.V. Board Member, exchanged with Mandriva about the KDE interface
and the integration of KDE in Mandriva specific to the Intel Mobile
Internet Device platform.
"The MID is opening a new path for KDE application development. We are
starting to adjust existing KDE applications like Marble, the KDE map
graphical location application, for the new mobile usage profiles",
says Helio Chissini de Castro, Latin American Contact for the KDE
Project and Mandriva engineer. "The screen size and touchscreen
feature of MID devices are also encouraging developers to innovate
with new interactions mode, like the new oKular multidocument viewer
of KDE 4."