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Instant-On OS Makers Respond to Chrome OS



Looking to get on the winner’s side of the Google Chrome OS news, two makers of instant-on operating systems, Splashtop and HyperSpace, respectively, have released statements emphasizing the benefits of quicking booting systems, which have been validated by Google’s announcement, and reminding us that they already deliver these benefits to the market. It’s a smart approach (and I commend their “instant” response), but will it be enough? Full statements after the jump.


DeviceVM Co-Founder and CEO Mark Lee:

“The announcement of the Google OS further validates Splashtop’s value proposition to consumers who are demanding instant-on, easy to use, secure computing. The market has been moving towards an instant-on model for several years now, and DeviceVM has already seen tremendous success in the space, with tens of millions of consumers already using Splashtop today, and 8 of the top 10 PC OEMs shipping Splashtop on devices this year. By the end of 2010,   Splashtop will be in the hands of more than 150M desktop, nettop, notebook, and netbook users. Google’s entry into the market should accelerate this trend, and help to make instant-on the de facto computing standard.”


Woody Hobbs, President and CEO of Phoenix:
“It is great that Google has validated our vision and is bringing an alternative (to Microsoft) operating system to netbooks and nettops. Phoenix floated this vision of instant on computing to the market 10 years ago with our Linux-based OS solution (Phoenix Always). This solution enabled PC OEMs to have an instant-on pre-Windows boot environment. We have commercialized our technology, making it more fun, exciting and productive for users as well as more relevant for PC OEM and telecomm carrier deployment models. We support all platforms and standards in this space.

There are three steps to making instant-on a commercial and usable solution:

Step 1: Create a platform technology that is always connected, enables all day computing, and is instant on/offs, and can run optionally side-by-side with Windows

Step 2: Align with a standardized version of Linux kernel such as Moblin for Intel Atom processors and, in the future, Chrome OS optimized for ARM and x86

Step 3: Integrate for OEMs and provide service for consumer (platform validation and testing)

Phoenix is the only company that is able *today* to do all these necessary steps. For example, dual resume technology from Phoenix enables consumers to use two operating environments, be it Win 7 and HyperSpace (customized OEM or carrier space) or Chrome OS and HyperSpace on an Atom-based netbook that does not have hardware virtualization support.”

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  1. Chad

    07/11/2009 at 10:18 pm

    unfortunately most of the instant on os’es are just limited to browsing the web; usually without taking full advantage of the hardware (read as slow) or supporting the plugins needed for a full web experience. I think the iPhone is far better for quick on checking of web pages (neither work with flash)

    I hope the Google OS is alot more than just a quick booting OS that offers the Chrome web browser. I hope that Google can challenge Microsoft in our home and Linux on the Server by providing a rock solid platform thats easy to use with a good API.

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