With HyperSpace & Moblin Who Needs Google's Chrome OS


[qi:gigaom_icon_netbook] HyperSpace, a technology designed to make notebooks/netbooks turn on almost instantly in order to provide users quick access to common functions, is being integrated with Moblin, the Linux-based open-source OS that is the gleam in Intel’s (s intc) eye, HyperSpace maker Phoenix Technologies (s ptec) said today. Milpitas, Calif.-based Phoenix makes the BIOS in just about every Windows PC out there. With HyperSpace, the user hits the power button and in a few seconds has access to the web, document editing and other tasks, as demonstrated in this video.

Intel and Phoenix plan to work closely with OEMs to bring HyperSpace to a full line of netbooks. The two companies believe HyperSpace coupled with Atom processors will revolutionize the netbook market:

“The combination of Moblin and HyperSpace will deliver a more satisfying and rich experience for ultra-mobile consumers,” said Doug Fisher, vice president of Intel Software and Services Group and general manager, System Software Division. “Both improve instant access to the web and other applications, dramatically extend battery life, and optimize emerging new classes of ultra-sleek, ultra-mobile computing devices, including Intel(R) Atom(TM) processor based netbooks and nettops. We look forward to joining forces with Phoenix to encourage OEMs and ODMs to use Moblin-based operating systems on netbooks and other small form factor devices.”



Just as a FYI – We will be discussing the prospects of new platforms on our Netbook panel at this years Mobilize conference

We have representatives from Dell, Intel, Qualcomm and Microsoft to date and one more to be confirmed.

11:50 am – http://events.gigaom.com/mobilize/09/schedule/

Hope you can join us!



Did anyone else actually watch the video? They are installing Linux on netbooks so they can dual-boot, but charging an annual $50 service fee. I am shocked this is being taken as seriously as it is and at the extreme confusion in the marketplace. The Linux-kernel just recently got the sub 20-second startup update, so Ubuntu/Moblin/Chrome/Hyperspace all provide that same rapid startup functionality and extreme performance/efficiency on even the simplest hardware configurations if installed natively.

However, Hyperspace isn’t free and Chrome is not yet available. Moblin is a mobile-GUI that is going to be adopted by the whole Linux community, so it will just become another flavor. Desktop Linux distros like Ubuntu provide what Hyperspace, Moblin, and Chrome do while stable, available, and free. That makes them direct competitors, especially since the vast majority will choose only one to use alongside Windows. Intel doesn’t care if you install desktop Linux, Chrome, or Hyperspace because any one of them will protect the netbook industry (and thus Intel) from any bad experiences with Windows 7 Starter.

For these discussions and articles to be meaningful, it needs to move to educating consumers how to best leverage an open-source OS alongside Windows. On the same note, the long-held notion that only one OS should be shipped with a machine must be abandoned, as users happy with Linux or OSX still leverage it alongside Windows to sidestep incompatibilities and continue using their favorite applications like iTunes. Else, everyone is just wasting their time and/or money.


this instant on thing seems to be a huge deal in the tech media. i only see that this will create utter confusion. sometimes your in instant on firefox and have a limited set of capabilities; other times you boot into full blown windows and have a different set of plugin’s etc. with the exception of people who already dual or multi boot operating systems i do not see the appeal in the consumer space for this.

i have met quite a few netbooks owners with complaints; but never once has the complaint been long boot times.

James Kendrick

These instant-on technologies are aimed at the road warrior who needs to pull his netbook out, check email or his schedule, and then get out quickly. You are correct though, the sleep/standby of Windows is pretty darn fast and are fine for most needs.

Kevin C. Tofel

While Android works on netbooks, are you suggesting it’s the optimal OS for a netbook? Believe me, I like the idea of Android on a netbook too, but it’s clear that Google plans to keep Android focused on handheld devices with telephony stacks. For notebooks, Google is on record that Chrome OS is their plan. And that makes sense: netbooks aren’t handhelds, but they’re not quite desktop replacements either. So neither a handheld OS nor a desktop OS should be shoehorned into the middle ground is their thought.

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