linpus-quick-bootOver the past few months we’ve seen a lot of action in the “quick boot” operating system space. DeviceVM’s SplashTop and Phoenix’s HyperSpace have been leading the pack, at least in terms of publicity. But now there’s a new player: Linpus Linux Lite.

Linpus makes the Linux operating system currently used on non-Windows versions of the Acer Aspire One netbook. It’s a simple Linux distribution designed for people who aren’t necessarily familiar with Linux. And while it boots and launches programs at a pretty decent pace, it looks downright sluggish compared to the new Linpus Quick Boot software that Sascha from Netbook News.de got a chance to check out at CeBIT.

While Sascha suggests that the Quick Boot software is installed on the hard drive and not the BIOS, a Linpus press release seems to imply that the software is actually running from the BIOS. That makes it easy to boot into a usable operating system in as little as 6 seconds. But you probably won’t be able to access your computer’s other programs and settings while in Quick Boot mode. Instead you’ll have to restart your system and wait 30 to 60 seconds for a full operating system to load.

I’m not aware of any announcements from computer makers indicating that they’ll be using the Linpus Quick Boot software. But given the company’s existing relationship with Acer, I wouldn’t be surprised to see the feature pop up on future Aspire One models.

You can check out Sascha’s demo video after the break.


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5 replies on “Linpus Linux Lite does quick boot – Video”

  1. I’m looking for the fastest, yet most stable and easy to use Linus distro to run on my 901. I’m currently running Eeebuntu and it boots in just under 60 seconds, but connects to wi-fi flawlessly and of course has FF3. Any ideas on finding those 5-10 second distros?

    1. Try http://www.prestomypc.com. Presto is a commercialised version of
      Xandros. It boots in about 16 seconds on my EEE 901 PC. Way faster than XP. It is installed as a program ontop of XP. WIFI and sound work out-of-the-box. I tried Ubuntu via the Wubi installer, it boots up about as slow as XP and since getting the wifi working with Ubuntu is beyond my abilities and patience, was pretty useless. The $19 for Presto was well worth it.

  2. I agree with Joshua. Acer’s Linpus Lite (standard on the Aspire One since last summer) boots in less than 20 seconds. I really don’t see any benefits in adding a second OS on the BIOS to shave off 10 seconds of the boot..

  3. I think this is the wrong way to go. People have already gotten full-blown Linux distros to boot in 5-10 seconds flat; let’s get those optimizations pushed out to wider audiences and skip these “lite” OS’s. Unless instant on is INSTANT on, I’m not terribly interested.

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