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In Age of Impatience, Cutting Computer Start Time

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| Until Microsoft comes up with a way to greatly shorten the time it takes to
| load Windows, PC makers are speeding up boot times using programs that bypass
| Windows. The systems vary technically, but they all rely on a version of an
| operating system called Linux that gives users quick access to Web browsing
| and other basic functions of their computer. In some cases, Windows never
| boots, while in others, Windows starts in the background.
|
| DeviceVM, the maker of a fast-boot program called Splashtop, says it charges
| PC makers $1 to $2 a machine for its software. The company hopes to make more
| revenue over the long term by charging other software providers that want to
| include their applications in the menu of programs accessible without a full
| boot.
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http://www.nytimes.com/2008/10/26/te...26boot.html?hp

It's already put on many Dell laptops and ASUS mobos. H-P soon to announce it
too?


Related:

SplashTop Linux On HP, Dell Notebooks?

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| Days after we delivered that inaugural review, we found out DeviceVM was in
| talks with OEMs about shipping SplashTop on desktops and notebooks.
|
| [...]
|
| In addition to the instant-on Linux excitement this week for the HP Envy 133,
| Dell is apparently working on a similar Linux solution. Engadget has shared
| details surrounding the Dell E and E Slim.
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http://www.phoronix.com/scan.php?pag...p_voodoo&num=1


Asus laptops get ‘instant-on Linux’

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| The Splashtop OS, which Asus rebrands as Express Gate, consist of a
| proprietary real-time ‘core engine’ called by the notebook’s BIOS, atop which
| sits a highly customised Linux stack
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http://apcmag.com/Content.aspx?id=2318


Asus to launch laptops with Linux Net software

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| Asustek plans to equip its laptop PCs with Linux software that allows fast
| access to the Internet and multimedia files.
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http://www.linuxworld.com.au/index.p...115267&rid=-50
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