Preboot environment turns PC into CE

Jan 18, 2008

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” integrates with the PC’s BIOS and is launched prior to operating system boot-up, the company says.

Besides providing consumer electronics (CE) style instant-on application convenience, Splashtop is being called eco-friendly, since users won’t be as inclined to keep their PCs on all the time (fat chance of that!).

Click below to view DeviceVM’s Youtube demo video:

According to DeviceVM, Splashtop is currently included on Asus’s P5E3 Deluxe motherboard, and will show up on additional desktop and laptop boards and systems later this year.

DeviceVM is hardly the first to introduce a Linux-based pre-boot application launcher. Intervideo debuted a similar capability, known as InstantON, several years ago. Nearly all traces of that product appear to have disappeared from Intervideo’s website, however.

Interestingly, some InstantON Google searches redirect from addresses to Corel’s website, suggesting that Corel may have acquired the technology from Intervideo and then quietly killed it. Of note, Microsoft invested $135 million in Corel back in October of 2000.

For further information on Slashtop, visit DeviceVM’s website.

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