Even “Windows” computers (laptops in particular) will be using this OpenSource minisystem.

Splashtop is preinstalled on the hard drive or in the onboard Flash memory of new PCs and motherboards by their manufacturers. Splashtop is a software-only solution that requires no additional hardware. A small component of Splashtop is embedded in the BIOS of the PC–that’s the part that runs as soon as you press the power button.

Within Splashtop, you have the choice of running one of its applications, such as the Splashtop Web Browser, or booting your operating system. Splashtop is compatible with any operating system, including Windows and Linux.


A few more details here.

Slashtop HQ here.

Comments

  1. #1 Mr. K
    March 7, 2009

    slashtop or splashtop?

  2. #2 D. C. Sessions
    March 7, 2009

    slashtop or splashtop?

    I could have sworn that the first time I read this, our host had managed to misspell it at least one other way, too.

    This may be “one of those words” — there are a few that I consistently have trouble with, no matter how hard I try. I generally have pretty good spelling, and Dr. Laden’s is excellent — but we all have our gremlins.

  3. #3 Alex Besogonov
    March 7, 2009

    BIOS must die.

    My MIPS board with 166MHz CPU is able to boot Linux kernel and start BusyBox in just 3 seconds. CoreBoot can boot Linux in about the same time.

    But my PC spends about 15 seconds doing useless self-checks and device configuration in BIOS. Even though neither Windows nor Linux use BIOS themselves.

  4. #4 Greg Laden
    March 7, 2009

    Dr. Laden’s is excellent

    I’ve got a bridge. In Brooklyn. Maybe you’re interested….

    But my PC spends about 15 seconds doing useless self-checks and device configuration in BIOS. Even though neither Windows nor Linux use BIOS themselves.

    Perhaps a well placed screw-driver. Maybe heat it up over the stove first.

  5. #5 D. C. Sessions
    March 7, 2009

    I’ve got a bridge. In Brooklyn. Maybe you’re interested….

    I’m trying to be polite here. It doesn’t come easy, and you’re not helping.

    Perhaps a well placed screw-driver. Maybe heat it up over the stove first.

    Coffee. The universal solvent. That, or I know someone who solved two problems at once by leaving the case open where a tomcat was known to make his rounds.

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