DeviceVM, the folks behind Splashtop, are expanding their instant-on, Linux solution to new brands today. The company just announced deals with Acer and Sony (s sne). The Acer AspireRevo Nettop and the Sony VAIO NW notebook line get the Splashtop treatment, although Acer is calling theirs “RevoBoot.”
By using Splashtop, the devices can boot into a functional work environment complete with Internet access in a browser. It’s similar to the Hyperspace offering from Phoenix, but doesn’t add any additional cost to the consumer. Hyperspace requires a yearly subscription fee, but offers more than a browser, music and photo app: Programs like the ThinkFree Office suite are included, for example.
Splashtop is the solution we’ve seen on the Lenovo S10e netbook prior to this. Although I like the idea of a nearly instant-on solution for smaller devices, I’d like to see Splashtop work with 3G connections instead of just Wi-Fi. When I spoke with the DeviceVM folks in January, they said they were working on it.