Remember SplashTop? Here's An Update On Them
Phoronix: Remember SplashTop? Here's An Update On Them
Do you remember SplashTop? It's the instant-on Linux environment that was originally embedded into select ASUS motherboards three years ago and from there worked its way to other motherboards and then onto notebooks and other devices from a variety of vendors. We effectively launched SplashTop for DeviceVM, the company behind this instant-on Linux distribution, when we got our hands on SplashTop early and were the first in the world to provide a detailed analysis of SplashTop. It was one of our most popular articles that year and of over the past six and a half years that Phoronix has been around. Recently though we haven't heard much about SplashTop at all...
Sorry to hear they're still around actually
I was very excited when I first read about this thing here on Phoronix, to the point that I went out and bought an ASUS Motherboard that advertised it. A huge disappointment followed -- the "embedded" thing was not embedded at all, it was actually loading from a Windows partition (and had to be "installed" there to work). Epic Fail right there! After complaining to the reseller they offered a refund, however I kept the MB because it was a nice piece of hardware anyway. ASUS was not very helpful, but after I complained to them they silently changed the marketing on these products to separate into "splashtop" and "splashtop lite", of course without going into any details about the difference.
Originally Posted by Phoronix
The M/B is still running, but the darned thing has been disabled ever since. A few other points I noticed (before wiping the Win parition): it was by no means "instant-on", it took a few seconds after the POST to load. Current Linux distros can load in 15sec. with a SSD, making this worthless; also, the apps installed were old and stripped down, I remember the IM client (gaim?) not being able to even connect to Yahoo.
All-in-all, any small Linux distro installed on a SSD will work a lot better than this proprietary crap from a company that is in favour of aggressively using software patents. I use RIPLinux on USB sticks and it's great!