Lenovo adds 'instant-on' Linux to netbook

Lenovo has become the first netbook maker to adopt DeviceVM's innovative 'instant-on' Linux boot system, which enables a PC to boot key applications in a matter of seconds from a cold start.

The companies have confirmed that the recently-announced IdeaPad S9e and S10 netbooks will feature the Splashtop software under the PC maker's ‘Quickstart' branding. Announced in August, the family is based on the now-common 1.6GHz Intel Atom N270 chip, running either Windows XP or Linux.

The software lets users choose to bypass a conventional OS boot in favour of loading a cut-down Linux kernel from BIOS. This gives access to a basic palette of applications such as Mozilla's Firefox, Skype VoIP, an IM client, and a photo browser, in a claimed 10 seconds or less.

DeviceVM's Splashtop Linux already appears on Asus PCs and laptops under the latter's ‘ExpressGate, moniker, though the announcement is the first time it has featured on a netbook. Given that Asus pioneered its use implies that future versions of its Eee PC - the machine that first carved out the netbook market - will also feature the capability at some point in the future.

Dell this week hinted that it will use a similar quickboot technology in future Latitude laptops, though DeviceVM was able to confirm that it was not involved in its development.

Lenovo has yet to fully confirm final pricing for the IdeaPad S10, but the original release stated this as being £319 (inc VAT) for the S10, or £279 for the S9, roughly in line with the competition.

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