Instant On Computers?
from the not-really dept
InterVideo, makers of popular DVD software, have announced a product called InstantOn PC, which will let you boot up your computer in under 10 seconds for use in playing DVDs, CDs, MP3s or other entertainment functions. It runs on a modified version of Linux. If you want to do anything more strenuous, you need to go back and reboot the computer in whatever regular operating system you use. Such a solution sounds useful in some circumstances. When asked if this competes with Microsoft’s efforts to create their Media Center PC, the article quotes a marketing person from Microsoft who apparently hasn’t spoken to that many customers saying that Windows users rarely reboot, so boot time isn’t an issue. I think he was being serious. If he wants, he’s willing to come and use my Windows XP computer for a single day and see if he can make it 24 hours without rebooting (and waiting an insanely long time during that reboot).