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 PostPost subject: Splashtop - boot in 10 secounds        Posted: Sun Aug 03, 2008 10:48 am 
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Heyho :)

I just googled for the newest stuff out there ^^ and look what I've found:
Splashtop <- This is an operationsystem, based on the Linux kernel, which will be installed
on a Flashcard, which is on the motherboard.

Do you have any further news about it?

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 PostPost subject:        Posted: Sun Aug 03, 2008 1:05 pm 
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It has been hacked to run on any computer and some other stuff

Source: http://osnews.com/story/20127/SplashTop ... ets_Hacked


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 PostPost subject:        Posted: Sun Aug 03, 2008 2:07 pm 
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cool thank you for the info :)


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 PostPost subject:        Posted: Sun Aug 03, 2008 5:45 pm 
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Sounds like a more heavy "EFI" :)


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 PostPost subject:        Posted: Sat Aug 09, 2008 2:16 pm 
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voodoo44 wrote:
Sounds like a more heavy "EFI" :)

EFI is a firmware, not an OS.


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 PostPost subject:        Posted: Mon Aug 11, 2008 7:03 pm 
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Well, you're right and you're wrong :P.

EFI is an interface (hence the "I" in EFI (Extensible Firmware Interface) for a firmware system, specifically an interface to facilitate special functions between the machine firmware and the machine operating system. It's simply said a more advanced version of a standard PC BIOS, but with a standardized API which allows the vendor to add both standard functionality (ACPI, boot support etc), but in contrary to the standard and not aged BIOS it also supports hardware specific device drivers, a full graphical UI, a built in boot manager, a shell (if you want to launch other EFI applications) and the functionality to extend EFI functions by a harddrive partition.

Some OEM:s has done these things in a custom way (like the old Compaq disk-based BIOS etc), but EFI allows you to do this in an standard way without custom hacks for every platform. And of course every OEM can still add their own custom doodles to the EFI extending the functionality of the system.

So EFI is not only a firmware, it's actually also an OS between the hardware and the main OS on the system since EFI handles the hardware, and also allows custom extensions to be added. Much like an OS that is an interface between the binary language the hardware processes and the user.

EFI has some similarities with Open Firmware which also is a hardware independent firmware found on PowerPC equipped Macintoshes, and Sun Sparc machines. Modern Intel Mac:s use EFI today.

Here is a nice wiki page for those that are a bit technical minded.

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 PostPost subject:        Posted: Sat Aug 16, 2008 5:24 am 
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A few OEMs have had instant-on (or at least fast-on) media players for a few years now. My three year old HP laptop had something called QuickPlay, I never used it though. SplashTop has a bit more functionality. I'm going to try this out on a USB drive in a little while.

EDIT: Nevermind, it only has drivers for the motherboards it ships with, I'm not even going to bother trying it.


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 PostPost subject:        Posted: Fri Oct 31, 2008 6:52 pm 
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Dang, this reminds me of the ASUS Express Gate OS that is built into ASUS motherboards. It is very flexible and easy to use.


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if you want speed on boot reactos will boot and be ready for normal use in 5 seconds, only reason i like it so far.


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