Splashtop OS, the Linux based instant start-up operating system for notebook and desktop computers is now available for general purpose free download. It’s previously been restricted to select OEMs like Acer, Asus, HP et al, but now anyone can grab and install it as long as their machine has a compatible BIOS.
I installed it on this here DELL laptop last week, and it’s cool. Took a couple of reboots for the thing to bed in, but once installed it found the WiFi with no problems, and within seconds I was browsing the web like a real bod. It sets up dual boot on a Windows machine automatically, so you can run the two side by side. I’m keeping it installed for instant access email, Skype and maps when I’m out and about, rather than waiting for a lengthy Windows boot up.
It’s particularly impressive when compared against JoliCloud, which demands that you sign up and sign in to access your own computer, and which has the singularly most infuriating app screen I’ve ever come across. Try clicking on the icon of an app you’ve installed and nothing happens!
Anyhoo, this is definitely worth installing if you’ve been looking for a fast (less than 5 secs) start option on your computer. Shame about Bing! as the default search engine though.
Splashtop OS is designed for people who “live on the web” and need fast, reliable access to their favorite sites and web-based applications, as well as a traditional Windows-based desktop environment. In addition to prominently featuring Bing as the default web search provider, Splashtop OS delivers a simple yet familiar environment based on Chromium, the open source project behind the Google Chrome browser.