Linux plus XP equals'faster boots

Microsoft Windows XP users who get bored waiting for their computers to boot up could speed things along with future technology coming from InterVideo Inc. of Fremont, Calif.

The company's LinDVD software can activate certain PC functions within 10 seconds or less from a fully powered-down state. So far it has been used only to instantly activate DVD drives and peripherals related to DVD or movie playback, such as sound cards and video drivers.

LinDVD, a scaled-down version of the Linux operating system, exists peacefully with XP on the same system, according to the company. For the moment, however, the rest of the system must be activated with the usual boot time whenever the user turns to other computing tasks, such as working in a word processor or spreadsheet.

Sharp Electronics Inc. has added the instant-booting LinDVD technology to a notebook PC line that is currently sold only in Japan.

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John Breeden II is a freelance technology writer for GCN.

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