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Details of Windows 8 emerge; instant-on, self-aware, Judgment Day looms

First, as always: this isn't confirmed by Microsoft. Still, enough tech blogs have picked it up, so I'm probably safe enough to run it. With that out of the way: OMG! Windows 8 details! Juicy, thigh-wetting details! For now we only have two slides with atrocious grammar (are these really legitimate?), but the source says he'll have more information soon. The first slide is above and the second...

Splashtop gets pre-boot web searches

Even if you've got a blazing-fast desktop rig, starting up a computer isn't instant. If your notebook has Splashtop, though, you'll soon be able to search the web within seconds, before your computer even boots up. Splashtop already offers pre-boot access to a handful of applications, but the search bar will be the quickest way to get to the web. Yahoo! will be the default search engine, but...

Moblin Beta 2 evolves into a capable Linux option for netbooks

Developers continue to push ahead with Moblin - the fast-booting Linux distribution aimed at providing a better instant-on experience. Today marks the official release of Beta 2, and it's taking shape rather nicely. The user interface has been completely overhauled, transforming the Moblin experience from a stark, minimal Linux desktop into a more HP MIE-like experience. Hover at the top edge of...

Tiny, Super-fast Linux distro Moblin V2 alpha 2 released

Late in January of this year I installed Moblin on my MSI Wind U100 netbook. At the time, it wasn't officially supported by the distro and my wireless wouldn't connect, so I ended up removing it. In a little under two months, the team has released alpha 2 which - among other things - includes full-on support for the Wind. The update also includes the 2.26.29-rc7 kernel, XFCE version 4.6, the...

Xandros Presto promises yet another instant-on Linux experience

Xandros isn't a new name in netbook oeprating systems. After all, it was their OS that first appeared on Asus' category-defining EeePC. What next? Why, instant-on, of course! Called Presto, the new OS will be joining other options like JoliCloud, Moblin, gOS Cloud, and Phoenix Hyperspace. As is the case with competing products, the goal is to provide a fast-booting desktop experience that...

Instant-on software maker Phoenix to bundle Opera web browser

There's been a lot of talk about instant on* software lately. Earlier this year, Asus announced plans to outfit every one of its motherboards with the Splashtop software interface that lets you load a Linux based OS in a matter of seconds without waiting for Windows or another full operating system to launch. This allows you to surf the web, make VoIP calls, or do other basic tasks shortly after...

Will Microsoft add an "Instant On" feature for Windows

It's nice to have a computer capable of running software ranging from Photoshop CS4 to Doom 3. But sometimes all you really want your PC to do is run a web browser, chat application, or media browser. And do you really need to wait 30 seconds to 2 minutes for your whole operating system to boot up just for that? No. Companies like Splashtop have already developed software that lets you boot up a...