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[News] Fast Linux Boot Explored (HyperSpace and Others)

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Review: Phoenix HyperSpace

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| When you're on the run, opportunities to hop online to check e-mail, flight 
| status, or a favorite Web site tend to be infrequent and of limited duration. 
| That's why, when you do get a chance to fire up your notebook, the time it 
| takes to boot and load Windows can seem like an eternity.    


Is Fast Booting A Red Herring?

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| Flashy movies aside, though, is there a real advantage to having faster boot 
| times when most of us don't shut down and reboot to begin with? And if so, is 
| it worth touting as a feature on the same order as, say, support for cellular 
| network connectivity?   



Review: Phoenix Technologies HyperSpace instant-on desktop

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| For some time now we have been talking about Splashtop, the Linux-based
| instant-on desktop that we’ve seen on Asus notebooks and motherboards, as
| well as the Lenovo IdeaPad S10e and the VooDoo Envy 133. Splashtop solves the
| problem of having a bloated OS (like Vista) on a computer with limited power,
| but it currently has to come from the factory on a notebook, netbook, or
| motherboard.


The Race to Instant-On Computers Begins

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| But rather than the oft-discussed head-to-head battle between Linux and
| Windows, we’re seeing Linux latch onto Windows almost like a parasite in a
| symbiotic relationship with its host.
| All of the shipping or soon-to-ship instant-on systems use a thinned-down
| version of Linux as a base for presenting the quick Internet applications.
| This makes sense because computer makers can customize Linux to boot fast and
| use the software for free, meaning they don’t add much extra cost to each
| computer.


Faster booting with Linux

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| The intriguing part of all this is that we might finally get the instant-on
| capability for some pretty standard apps. The bizarre part is that the way to
| speed up your slow OS load it you actually load two different OSes. Sort of
| like running a five-kilometer race before you run your marathon. Meanwhile,
| Microsoft is now stating that similar technology could be part of Windows 7,
| presumably in 2010 and without using any of that open source voodoo.


DeviceVM's proprietary/Linux split explained

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| Covering Asus' adoption of DeviceVM's Splashtop software in all its
| motherboards and some laptops, we were wondering exactly which parts were
| proprietary and which were Linux - hence pulling back from calling it
| a "Linux OS".


CES: PCs Load Apps Even Before Windows Starts

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| HyperSpace and Windows can't run at the same time, but HyperSpace could still
| act just like new quick start options from Lenovo and Sony, which load a
| small subset of applications into a Linux-based environment for the times
| when a user doesn't need the full firepower of Windows and Windows apps.



Phoenix HyperSpace: An Instant-On Linux Environment?

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| Fifteen months ago we exclusively showed off SplashTop from DeviceVM, which
| was an instant-on Linux environment embedded into ASUS motherboards and since
| then it has worked its way into products from other OEMs (including
| notebooks). DeviceVM continues to work on further refining SplashTop by
| adding in virtualization support and other features, along with a promised
| developer SDK. Phoenix Technologies, the company producing the BIOSes for
| many of the motherboards on the market, is today introducing their SplashTop
| competitor. HyperSpace is the Phoenix Technologies product being unveiled
| this morning with several distinct differences from SplashTop.


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. 

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