Linked by Amjith Ramanujam on Wed 30th Jul 2008 14:39 UTC
Linux SplashTop is an instant-on Linux environment created by DeviceVM. SplashTop does not intend to provide a full computing environment, but it satisfies a home user's basic needs such as email, VOIP, IM, etc. Asus is the primary partner of DeviceVM and SplashTop started to get bundled with Asus motherboards and Asus notebooks. Now the good folks over at the Phoronix Forums have hacked SplashTop to run from a USB stick on non-Asus motherboards, run custom applications and launch a terminal inside the Linux environment.
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RE[2]: Article Title
by ChiliJ on Wed 30th Jul 2008 15:48 UTC in reply to "RE: Article Title"
ChiliJ
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2005-08-12

If it is still instant-on (boots in 5 secs), then that's a big deal.

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RE[3]: Article Title
by amjith on Wed 30th Jul 2008 15:50 in reply to "RE[2]: Article Title"
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2005-07-08

I think the Linux.com article says it boots up in about 9secs.

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by WorknMan on Wed 30th Jul 2008 16:22 in reply to "RE[3]: Article Title"
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2005-11-13

I think the Linux.com article says it boots up in about 9secs.


It boots up in 5 seconds from the boot ROM, but if you change it to boot from a flash drive, you pretty remove what made it unique to begin with, no?

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RE[3]: Article Title
by WorknMan on Wed 30th Jul 2008 16:05 in reply to "RE[2]: Article Title"
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2005-11-13

[quote]If it is still instant-on (boots in 5 secs), then that's a big deal.[/quote]

Is it even possible to update this thing somehow, or is there a way to save anything, such that I could install extensions (like Adblock Plus) for Firefox?

If not, the usefulness of this is somewhat limited, as most people leave their PC on 24/7 anyway. Plus, the applications (esp the browser) are going to become very outdated over time. For example, when I first got the PC I'm currently using, Firefox didn't even exist ;)

Edited 2008-07-30 16:06 UTC

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by helf on Wed 30th Jul 2008 17:57 in reply to "RE[3]: Article Title"
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2005-07-06

I was about to go "wow, that must be old". but then I looked it up and firefox was released in 2004... I swear it was older than that...

Most of my computers are much older than 2004 ;)

Edited 2008-07-30 17:58 UTC

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RE[4]: Article Title
by sbergman27 on Thu 31st Jul 2008 01:00 in reply to "RE[3]: Article Title"
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2005-07-24

If not, the usefulness of this is somewhat limited, as most people leave their PC on 24/7 anyway.


Those people should be shamed unmercifully. (For their own good. Most of us do not realize the damage we are doing.) There is no reason to leave a 150 watt PC on 24/7. I used to do it... until I realized that I was wasting over 1300 kilowatt hours per year by leaving the thing on for only 8 extra hours per day. (By comparison, the average modern fridge uses about 500 KWH per year.) Now I set it to power off the flat panel in six minutes and suspend the mid-tower in 20.

Do the math. See how much electricity you are actually wasting.

Edited 2008-07-31 01:11 UTC

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by Soulbender on Thu 31st Jul 2008 11:33 in reply to "RE[3]: Article Title"
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2005-08-18

as most people leave their PC on 24/7 anyway.


And dont know who you know but most people I know do not leave it on when they're not using it. They have better things to do with their hard-earned cash than burn it on electricity.

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