Linked by David Adams on Sun 20th Jun 2010 03:23 UTC, submitted by sjvn
Linux Hardware companies don't tend to have their own Linux distributions. IBM uses Linux everywhere, but they don't have their own Linux. Dell will be happy to sell you notebooks and netbooks with Ubuntu or a workstation or server with RHEL (Red Hat Enterprise Linux). But, no major OEM (original equipment manufacturer) has had a house-brand Linux... until now. HP has recently bought not one, but two Linux distributions. Surely HP is not getting into the Linux distribution business? Are they?
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Splashtop/HyperSpace comparisons
by jaklumen on Sun 20th Jun 2010 12:31 UTC
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I really do think HP could use HyperSpace (possibly with an integration to webOS) in much the same way that ASUS employed Splashtop on its Eee series of machines.

I researched Splashtop when I was talking with my father-in-law. He was eager to see an OS embedded on a microchip. As many of you may know, it was not uncommon to embed programming on chips in early personal computers; the one I assume everyone is most familiar with was how Apple embedded its version of BASIC in a chip on the Apple II motherboards.

Splashtop isn't the same thing, of course, and BIOS chips can be rewritten under certain circumstances. My father-in-law was interested in an OS that couldn't be rewritten, so hard drives could be wiped periodically to erase malware, data corruptions, etc. I explained the Splashtop technology to him as best I could and said this was the closest thing that was being done as far as his idea presently.

So I think HyperSpace as a possible alternative is a very good thing that should be developed, deployed, and marketed further, and not just for performance, but for the security implications. Vast swaths of users are still with Windows (very much so in the business sector) and moving certain applications to something more inherently secure can only be a good thing. Furthermore, many of the applications mentioned are ones where malware is spreading the fastest right now *cough*like Facebook*cough*

Edited 2010-06-20 12:35 UTC

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