Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 6th Mar 2008 21:21 UTC
Linux "San Jose-based startup DeviceVM made waves last year when it unveiled Splashtop, a nearly instant-on Linux environment stored in the flash memory usually reserved for motherboard BIOS. The company previewed an upcoming revision to Splashtop at this year's Consumer Electronics Show in January, then gave us the chance to take a hands-on look at this intriguing system software."
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Actually worth using?
by WereCatf on Thu 6th Mar 2008 22:36 UTC
WereCatf
Member since:
2006-02-15

I don't really know, as I have said in all the other posts about SplashTop it could have been SO MUCH more useful than it is now.. They aim it for the casual home user who just wants to surf and all that? Well, casual users will just find out pretty soon that they can't install any apps of their own choice, they can't use Flash (can't f.ex. check YouTube), and they will just see SplashTop as a total failure. The more technically inclined people who want to have browser et al accessible within seconds will anyway put their computer to sleep at nights/while away, and when they come back they will have the whole full OS at their disposal within, again, just 1-5 seconds.

The thing that would have been a definite killer-feature would have been a complete system repair, configuration, management and diagnosis utility accessible from BIOS, including disk partitioning software, surface scan and such. That is what any and all system builders would love: to be able to test the full hardware without even having to install an OS, or to have access to readily available rescue system right from BIOS if something goes awry!

I really hoped much more from SplashTop than a fairly useless web-browsing-jpeg-viewing-completely-stripped down OS..

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RE: Actually worth using?
by snozzberry on Thu 6th Mar 2008 22:42 in reply to "Actually worth using?"
snozzberry Member since:
2005-11-14

What he said. BIOS is for emergency utilities and diagnostic functions, not functionality already duplicated by basic OS applications.

Asus dropped the ball on what could have been a major breakthrough in platform stability.

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RE: Actually worth using?
by Phloptical on Fri 7th Mar 2008 00:43 in reply to "Actually worth using?"
Phloptical Member since:
2006-10-10

Kind of like iLo, or RiLO? That would be useful.

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RE: Actually worth using?
by hobgoblin on Fri 7th Mar 2008 03:01 in reply to "Actually worth using?"
hobgoblin Member since:
2005-07-06

i think all users would be better off is one of the net's growing key features where npt reliant on a proprietary solution. w3c chickened out...

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RE: Actually worth using?
by spinjax on Fri 7th Mar 2008 04:09 in reply to "Actually worth using?"
spinjax Member since:
2006-12-12

According to the article, the system they tested DOES have Flash support, as well as a MPlayer plugin.

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RE[2]: Actually worth using?
by WereCatf on Fri 7th Mar 2008 11:03 in reply to "RE: Actually worth using?"
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2006-02-15

Oh, yeah, sorry. It was Java they couldn't see there, so my mistake ;)

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RE: Actually worth using?
by stestagg on Fri 7th Mar 2008 17:25 in reply to "Actually worth using?"
stestagg Member since:
2006-06-03

If you're a system builder and you can't run hardware tests without installing an OS, then I suggest you change career.

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RE[2]: Actually worth using?
by WereCatf on Fri 7th Mar 2008 19:14 in reply to "RE: Actually worth using?"
WereCatf Member since:
2006-02-15

It's not a career, it's a hobby. And heck, even had f.ex. a situation where you have no optical drive at hand so you could use your bootable CD? Or malfunctioning optical drive, yet you can't say if it is the drive or something else and still can't boot from the CD?

Oh, and I did mention the case that if you have an OS installed but something goes awry, that does also include hardware fault which prevents you from booting.

No matter how you spin it, a BIOS based system diagnostics, utilities and repair facility would be a boon to many hobbyists and professionals.

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