Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 12th Jul 2004 08:45 UTC
Editorial This article describes some of my annoyances in computing. If you had any problems reading this article, then skip this one. It will only be a waste of your time. There are a lot of annoying things in the wonderful world of computing. Of course, nothing is perfect, but that doesn't mean we are not allowed to complain and scream and throw our keyboards at our monitors when yet another irritation pops up.
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RE: Boot UP Speed.
by Me on Mon 12th Jul 2004 12:29 UTC

"I suggest RiscOS - The OS is stored in a ROM module on the Motherboard. (Module based upgrades are possible by storing modules on the HardDrive)"

I agree. RISC OS is the nearest desktop OS you get to being an on/off appliance. It takes about as long to start up as a PC does to do its bios checks. And having the OS in flash rom means it is nice and safe from hard disk crashes and virus attack.

I wish PC manufacturers/OS vendors would allow Linux/BSDs, Windows et al to be flashed into rom to get similiar performance and security.

The nearest I can think of was the Corel Netwinder, which I believe had Linux running out of battery-backed ram, so didn't need to boot the kernel each time.