I’m uncertain what Linux distro they were using before but today’s release of version 0.9.8.1 is free to use on Intel Atom based systems. It would be nice if they distributed an image that doesn’t require Windows to install but their target market appears to be Windows devices that include Slashtop OS as an alternate boot option in order to get online faster.
Splashtop OS Beta 0.9.8.1 Now Based on MeeGo
2011-02-15 6:28 pmCalipso
weird. not on the Meego.com site yet. Unless that’s run by Nokia and they no longer post things?
2011-02-16 8:48 amNth_Man
Fujitsu is moving is moving a chess piece and launches a MeeGo-powered netbook
2011-02-18 4:29 amNth_Man
Intel Giving Away Lots of Cash, Trip to Antarctica, Jet Flight & More for MeeGo Developers
Why dont they just add a browser to UEFI;-)
2011-02-15 7:31 pmNeolander
If they keep adding features to UEFI, I foresee one day where computers will crash before the OS is even loaded
With the ability to suspend and resume, plus the fact that most modern oses boot pretty fast (I mean seriously, what’s 15 seconds) I still don’t see the point of Splashtop. I no sooner fire up Splashtop then try to browse a web page and find out that it won’t render properly, or that I can’t view that video, or that I need to edit a document… at which point, I just have to fire up my main os anyway. Device manufacturers need to get smart about this. If they want faster boot times, that’s great. Achieving them with a slimmed down os that becomes useless with the slightest push is not the way to do it, however.
2011-02-15 9:55 pmBill Shooter of Bul
I have to concur, but for different reasons. If I really need to get a web site quickly and the computer is off… I have my cell phone at the ready.
2011-02-16 12:03 amdsmogor
Your optimized properly handled PC may boot in 15 sec, but average, fragmented antivirus ridden windows machine rarely will. Add a cost of logging in, starting all “indispensable” services , and then firefox to that and you have a different story.
As for suspend, you usually catch yourself needing that quick access to WEB when the computer have been shut down or ran out of a battery yesterday.
2011-02-16 1:00 amavgalen
I never shut down my pc, I hibernate it.
and my pc never runs entirely out of battery, it hibernates when it reaches 5%
I have never felt the need for a “Splashtop” OS EXCEPT for using it for recovery and for that, an unchangeable bootable rescue cd/usb-stick is even better
2011-02-16 5:29 amdarknexus
Your optimized properly handled PC may boot in 15 sec, but average, fragmented antivirus ridden windows machine rarely will.
You’d be surprised. I’m talking about Windows 7 Ultimate when I say that my netbook has a 15 second boot time. I haven’t even done much optimization, though I did start out by wiping the disk and putting a fresh installation on it. If I can get it to do this with very little optimization, imagine what the OEMs could achieve if they wanted to. As for suspend/resume, I never shut the thing down. I suspend it and, if left that way for over two hours while on battery, it will hibernate itself (I didn’t even do anything to configure that). The machine also hibernates once the battery reaches 10%. So, no dead batteries, yet a machine that’s ready to use within 5 seconds of hibernate. With a setup like this, why bother with Splashtop? Imagine what we could have if the OEMs got smart… not that they’ll ever do that, of course.
2011-02-16 2:51 pmTechGeek
[quote]With a setup like this, why bother with Splashtop? [/quote]
You also have to remember that most BIOS’s are written mainly with Windows in mind. So while suspend / hibernate work on Windows, other OS’s aren’t that lucky. We can all thank Bill Gates for that. He didn’t want other OS’s to be able to take advantage of all the innovations made in the BIOS that support Windows.
2011-02-16 1:47 pmlucas_maximus
I don’t have a virus ridden Windows Machine, but boot up times well over 45seconds because I am running 4 Databases and Sharepoint as well as the usual gumpth starting up such as dropbox, spotify, last.fm, winamp and a few others.
2011-02-16 4:02 amgaryd
I no sooner fire up Splashtop then try to browse a web page and find out that it won’t render properly, or that I can’t view that video, or that I need to edit a document… at which point, I just have to fire up my main os anyway. Device manufacturers need to get smart about this.
The idea behind MeeGo is that it’s up to systems integrators to license codecs, non-free applications, etc. So if these don’t function as you would hope then you might want to pass your feedback along to Splashtop, Inc. I’ve actually found that the MeeGo netbook distribution by itself comes with a pretty slim base install and even the package repository doesn’t have everything I might use on a regular basis. For example, I had to compile rdesktop which is GPL licensed but I couldn’t guess as to why it’s not in the package repo. Getting a fully functional dev environment takes a bit of work as well…
What would be really useful is for a small OS with full hardware support including 3D and sound, loaded with an rdp client and spice. Make it into a slim hardware thin client for VDI. Especially if you could load different client software. That would be awesome. But that is probably asking too much.
In meego related news, intel has published the “Tablet UX” for MeeGo.
I’ve been trying to download the iso image to try it out on my ideapad, but it’s been cutting out for me.