[News] Review of Splashtop: Linux 'from the BIOS' (and Windows Always on Top of Linux)

A hands-on look at the Splashtop instant-on Linux environment

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| 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.    



Preboot environment turns PC into CE

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| DeviceVM demonstrated a Linux-powered PC preboot application environment that 
| lets users instantly run several Internet-based applications — including Web 
| browsing and Skype messaging — at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas 
| last week.   


SplashTop Running On Prototype ASUS Notebook

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| This next version of DeviceVM's SplashTop ships with Corel's LinDVD, in order 
| to provide legal DVD playback capabilities. We had briefly watched a DVD 
| inside SplashTop and it had indeed worked, all without ever touching the hard 
| drive / primary operating system. In addition, SplashTop has provided their 
| own music player with support for MP3 files.    


CES 2008: DeviceVM's Splashtop

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| We caught up with DeviceVM at CES to see what's new with their Splashtop 
| embedded Linux environment, which we first saw on the ASUS P5E3 Deluxe 
| motherboard. As we found out, development has been steady with many new 
| features implemented and ready for deployment with notebooks.   


Embedded Linux goes Open Source

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| DeviceVM, the maker of Splashtop software which features embedded Linux "Fast 
| Boot" products like featured in the Asus P5E3 Deluxe WiFi-AP @n has just 
| released the source code to its software under GPL.  


SplashTop Source Code Released

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| These patches are for Bootsplash, 
| DVM, getting the CMOS time, adjusting the max loop, the sk98lin networking 
| driver, and SquashFS. Presently, the Linux kernel that SplashTop uses is 
| Linux    


ASUS add WiFi-N, quick-boot Linux to P5E3 motherboard

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| hat last part is perhaps the most interesting; ASUS are calling it Express 
| Gate, but it’s basically a fast-boot alternative that, in just five seconds, 
| bypasses Windows and gives you a web-browser running in a custom Linux OS.   

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