Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 30th Nov 2010 23:00 UTC
Linux Splashtop has released a new version of its instant-on OS that is based on the Chromium browser and could shorten PC boot times to just a few seconds. The latest version of the Splashtop OS, now in beta, is a lightweight version of Linux that allows users to surf the Web, access online applications or check e-mail almost instantly after switching on a PC.
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I don't get it
by darknexus on Thu 2nd Dec 2010 10:12 UTC
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2008-07-15

So Splashtop is this tiny os that boots up really fast and can access the web. Sure, I get that. What I don't get is the purpose behind such a limited os. You can access the web over Wifi, sure, but the instant you want to do anything more than access the web (play music, use voip, print out that web page, watch a locally-stored movie, use a mobile broadband device, etc) you just have to fire up your primary os anyway. In that process you lose your browsing session and have to re-open whatever you were looking at in the primary os if you want to continue. So what's an extra 10 seconds of boot time to just fire up the primary os anyway, especially with suspend/resume which work well on most of these devices in both Windows and Linux and will cut the ready time down further than Splashtop can? It just doesn't make sense to me.

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RE: I don't get it
by vivainio on Thu 2nd Dec 2010 15:49 in reply to "I don't get it"
vivainio Member since:
2008-12-26

So Splashtop is this tiny os that boots up really fast and can access the web. Sure, I get that. What I don't get is the purpose behind such a limited os.


Future splashtop will be based on MeeGo, which is not a limited OS.

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RE[2]: I don't get it
by darknexus on Fri 3rd Dec 2010 02:44 in reply to "RE: I don't get it"
darknexus Member since:
2008-07-15

Future splashtop will be based on MeeGo, which is not a limited OS.


Funny how everyone always likes to say how awesome something will be in the future. Evaluation is done on what exists *now*, not what *might* exist. Once something changes, we can re-evaluate it then. When and if Splashtop does become based on Meego, then talk about how awesome it is. Until then, what's the point of using Splashtop over something more capable?

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