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[News] Microsoft Betrays Another Partner (Phoenix Technologies), Which Embraces Linux

  • Subject: [News] Microsoft Betrays Another Partner (Phoenix Technologies), Which Embraces Linux
  • From: Roy Schestowitz <newsgroups@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Tue, 11 Mar 2008 02:57:35 +0000
  • Newsgroups: comp.os.linux.advocacy
  • Organization: Freelance
  • User-agent: KNode/0.10.4
This is why I’ll always remain a Microsoft skeptic

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| But the real reason for Microsoft’s capitulation became clear on March 7 via 
| a new joint-status report in the Microsoft-Department of Justice case. It 
| turns out BIOS maker Phoenix Technologies (a long-time Microsoft partner) 
| filed a complaint with antitrust regulators about Microsoft’s virtualization 
| restrictions.    


Phoenix may now be turning to Linux. It looks ahead.


New Phoenix BIOS will run Linux apps when Windows fails

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| The basic concept is that an embedded Linux OS will accompany the core system 
| firmware or BIOS, allowing instant-on applications to be run from it at any 
| time.  


Phoenix HyperSpace: Quick-Boot Your Laptop

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| Phoenix Technologies' new HyperSpace is an instant-on environment for 
| laptops, letting users launch a browser or other apps with booting into the 
| OS.  
| Today, Phoenix Technologies introduced a firmware product called HyperSpace, 
| which allows PCs to run a number of applications separate from the operating 
| system. What that means is that if you use a PC equipped with HyperSpace, you 
| will be able to quick-boot your notebook into a secure Linux environment, 
| where you can use Web browsers like FireFox and pre-loaded Web-aware apps 
| like Google Earth, Picasa, and the like.     
| [...]
| Also, since HyperSpace is a Linux-based platform, Windows viruses won't 
| affect it. 


Microsoft nonchalant about Phoenix assault on Windows

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| BIOS maker Phoenix Technologies Ltd.'s plans to market a new application 
| platform the company claims will solve a number of problems endemic to 
| Microsoft's Windows platform might be taken as a provocative gesture at their 
| longtime partner. But Redmond's immediate reaction was nonchalant.   
| On Monday, the Milpitas, Calif. software maker announced Hyperspace, a 
| Linux-based virtualization platform that will let OEMs bundle cut-down 
| versions of popular open-source software that end users will be able to 
| access instantly, even without booting Windows.    


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