Phoenix Technologies says the company’s quick start HyperSpace software now works with ARM processors. That means that you’ll be able to load HyperSpace on low cost computers like the upcoming Pegatron netbook which could sell for as little as $199.
HyperSpace is a low power Linux-based environment which boots in about 10 to 20 seconds on most Intel Atom powered netbooks. It’s not clear how quickly HyperSpace will load on ARM powered machines, but it’s likely that it will be at least a little bit faster than loading a fully functional operating system like Ubuntu (Windows and OS X don’t run on ARM CPUs). HyperSpace includes a handful of programs like Firefox, Skype, and media players that let you start using your computer without waiting 60 seconds or longer for the OS to boot up.
Honestly, HyperSpace makes a bit morse sense for more powerful computers which are capable of runing the software at the same time as Windows is booting. So you can check your email while Windows loads in the background and then switch from one OS to the other. On low power netbooks, you have to shut down HyperSpace before you can fire up Windows, Ubuntu, or another full operating system.
HyperSpace also charges customers an annual subscription fee, which will make the software a non-starter for many users.