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Back in October we introduced the world to DeviceVM's SplashTop, with Phoronix delivering the first full in-depth review of this technology that can be embedded into motherboards (and soon enough, desktops and notebooks) for allowing an instant-on desktop environment. Within seconds of turning on the PC you can be in this lightweight Linux desktop environment that comes with web applications such as Skype and Firefox. As we shared during CES 2008, they also have Pidgin, a DVD player (LinDVD), music player (with MP3 support), and a photo viewer on forthcoming versions. SplashTop is so great that we named it one of the greatest Linux innovations of 2007.

The latest advancement achieved by the DeviceVM engineers is the ability to use SplashTop while the PC is booting and then once it has booted, the user has the ability to switch between the native operating system and this lightweight SplashTop environment. Unfortunately, details regarding these new virtualization capabilities are scarce. We were informed under an embargo that DeviceVM was working on SplashTop virtualization support, but information on this feature is limited at the request of one of their OEM customers. What we do know and can share is that while the PC is booting, you can be using SplashTop to check your email or be reading Phoronix and then once the OS has fully booted you can transparently switch between SplashTop and your full-blown desktop in a windowed or full screen mode.



Yesterday this was briefly (for a few seconds) demonstrated by DeviceVM's CEO, Mark Lee, at the Under The Radar conference. His six minute presentation of SplashTop covers just a subset of the information we've shared about this embedded Linux product in our SplashTop articles. Once we have more information that we're able to share on this added virtualization support, we'll be sure to do so. Below is the YouTube recording.

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The boot time was still too slow. I want instant booting. A nice find though.
 
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I don't think we will have instant booting of any windows based OS untill SSD,RAM, And bus interfaces get faster, Or windows gets smaller or has a smaller boot foot print.
    
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want instant booting? get 2 hyper drive 4X
    
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isnt that just an attractive bios basically? soor MSI developing something that looked very similar (initial Operating System that can do basic functions without going in windows). still w8ing to see it retail.....
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Originally Posted by Marager View Post
want instant booting? get 2 hyper drive 4X
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This has actually been discussed for several years now. Its good to see soemthing actuall happening!
    
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That's the exact same thing that Asus is including on their new high-end boards;
They are calling it ExpressGate, and it lets you run "limited" Interwebz and Skype.
Asus p5E3 Deluxe WiFi @n with Expressgate & ExpressGate powered by Splashtop- Video Demo

Although I did see an article on it talking about the "splash" team putting out a SDK/releasing it as Open Source (which of course they have to as it's Linux based)allowing the users to integrate anything they want to (as long as it fits) onto this "Instant-on Mini-OS.

However the Expressgate is semi proprietary, as it consists of a "USB" memory flashdrive for the SDL hardwired onto the MoBo.

Give it a few years (Months) and it we'll be able to load it onto a USB stick and plug it into any computer we want to, without even touching the resident OS.
Heeeyyyyy..... wait a second.....
We can do that now
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you could just use standby...
even faster than that AND you're already in windows with apps open
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Or you could just use standby in Windows instead of shutting down fully. Perhaps the only good use I can see for this might be for laptops since it's usually better to shut down to conserve battery life instead of using standby.
 
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