SplashTop

May 14, 2008 at 1:52 pm (Technology)

This is very interesting:

A company named DeviceVM has created an instant-on, embedded version of Linux for certain Asus motherboards. What this means is that when you boot your machine you have the option of running a small, purpose built Linux OS called SplashTop instead of your traditional operating system. SplashTop is very basic in that it only includes a custom version of FireFox, Skype and some preferences. Access to the other drives is not an option either…

…but the best part about SplashTop is the fact that it boots up in seconds! No more waiting for your OS to boot and spool up drives and waste energy. SplashTop will be up, literally, in just a few seconds and doesn’t use nearly as much power as a traditional boot would. The browser is even Flash enabled!

This is great news for those of us who only need to quickly check something online or make a call using Skype. More applications are apparently in the works, as well.

The power savings and the convenience of a quick boot time make this a package that’s hard to refuse. Initially it was only offered on Asus’ high-end motherboards, but they have officially announced that it will be on all of their motherboards soon, even notebook motherboards! No more hurrying to finish web-based work because your battery is about to tank!

Here are a couple videos from http://www.splashtop.com. There’s more information there as well, including a SplashTop blog.

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