Instant-On – 1 second boot
As we reported last week, Monta Vista has devised a way to boot Linux in 1 second. Dell and others are working on a joint-project “Instant-On” which will boot their laptops in one second using Linux OS. Dell Latitude ON is already available with Instant-On to bypass Windows and give users instant access to Email and other important apps.
Google has stated on its blog that it aims to give users easy and quick access to the tools they need – e.g. internet browsing and email, from its new Chrome OS. Could Instant-On developers, such as DeviceXM and Phoenix Technologies be working with Google now to include their technologies in the new OS?
Clearly Google has a great opportunity here to catapult the Linux OS into the forefront as a real contender for favorite OS. Microsoft’s advantage as the default OS shipped with laptops and netbooks can be challenged if Dell, HP, and others continue to give more attention to Instant-On technology coupled with the Linux OS. If the Google marketing muscle can wrestle away a portion of the laptop segment to their new Chrome OS, 2010 could be a watershed year for PC users.