Linked by fran on Thu 24th Feb 2011 23:38 UTC
Linux Splashtop OS, previously only available via OEM machines, today released its operating system to the general public. "Splashtop Inc, the worldwide leader in instant-access computing, today announced the immediate availability of Splashtop OS , a lightweight, web-centric operating system optimized for notebooks and netbooks. First introduced as a beta last November, Splashtop OS is a browser-based 'companion OS' that co-exists with the Windows operating system."
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Compatibility?
by Morgan on Sat 26th Feb 2011 10:49 UTC
Morgan
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Okay so the Splashtop compatibility list is pretty specific: HP laptops and netbooks, and just a few models. Since I'm using an HP slimline desktop, I figured it might at least boot for me. Nope, didn't happen. It installed just fine, and when I rebooted and got past the Grub boot menu -- I dual boot Linux, of course -- into the Windows 7 loader, I was given a choice (via Windows' boot menu) of 7 or Splashtop. When Splashtop is chosen, it boots to a graphical something; my monitor changes modes, and I see a mouse cursor for a split second. Then it reboots the computer. Oh well.

I had high hopes too, as all of my hardware apart from the onboard video (Nforce 6 series) is fully supported by open drivers, including the HP-branded Ralink wifi card. The irony of a Linux distro unable to boot on highly OSS-friendly hardware is not lost on me. The fact that it is only installable via a closed Windows executable really drives it home.

I wonder if it will like VirtualBox or VirtualPC...

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