SplashTop Linux web OS with Chrome, Bing available for download

SplashTop Linux web OS with Chrome, Bing available for download

Summary: Add another offering to the burgeoning netbook OS market.SplashTop Inc.


Add another offering to the burgeoning netbook OS market.

SplashTop Inc. has made available its namesake Linux OS that reportedly makes it quick and easy for consumers to get on the web fast with only browser and instant search preloaded.

That's about it. The company's claim to fame is its lightweight OS footprint, which features next to zero pre-installed applications aside from the Chrome browser, Bing instant search, Adobe Flash and other key plug ins.

"This new product is streamlined to include no native applications beyond the Chromium-based browser, and boots directly into a start screen featuring a Bing-powered search box in seconds," the company claimed in a press release issued today.

The software, which was made available for beta testing in November, is currently pre-installed on more than 60 million white label PCs from Dell, Acer, HP, Lenovo and others.

“For people who spend all their time using web apps and services like Facebook, Twitter, Dropbox Google Docs and Gmail, adding a fast, safe and secure browser-centric environment to the traditional desktop-oriented environment makes total sense,” said Phil Sheu, CTO and co-founder of Splashtop Inc, in the statement issued today.

The OS boot menu, SplashTop claims, allows users to choose between SplashTop and Windows at startup and imports critical settings from Windows for streamlined set-up.

The OS -- which is said to run on notebooks and netbooks released in the last three years --  can also be customized with apps from the Chrome web store. SplashTop Inc. was founded as DeviceVM in 2006.


Topics: Browser, Operating Systems, Software

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  • RE: SplashTop Linux web OS with Chrome, Bing available for download

    My first thought was "Ooooh, that'll be fast, I'll try it", but then I thought about it and I'm not sure I have a use for it.

    Let's face it, broadband here in the UK is not good, it's unreliable and often very slow (Belgian Internet service is worse at least!) so the whole concept of the fully online operating system like Chrome OS is fundamentally flawed till you can get good fast access from anywhere.

    The solution really is to make normal Linux/OSX/Win7 actually boot within seconds and not freeze for no obvious reason. With all the new versions, innovations, updates and so the user experience still sucks, especially for the non technical end user, let's face it, how many calls from friends/family with computer problems ends with "reboot", or "backup and rebuild"?! If only they worked like in the adverts, then we wouldn't need the alternate operating system which does very little.
  • Not being in the UK Web is plenty FAST!

    But then when I was just in UK on Three's mobile network I was amazed at how fast it was compared to Mobile Networks in the US. Furthermore the cost of 3G service on even PayGo phones was CHEAP .... like embarrassingly cheap for American companies with less services!!!

    I'd gladly move to UK for Three Network coverage and price with all the features you get on that network alone!!!
    • RE: SplashTop Linux web OS with Chrome, Bing available for download

      @i2fun@... But again..... here I live more on the Web than off of it. I do most of my shopping, information search, photo editing and sharing, video production and posting on YouTube and make money doing both all on line!!!

      So for me an OS that boots fast and is online instantly along with having an OS that is immune to Virus or Malware Attack means Security I can count on in online transactions as well as never having a web induced failure ever be capable of taking place on a system that is only alterable by an remote authenticated firmware upgrade to a fully embedded system!!! Sounds like fun.... instead of sweating zero day attacks all the rest of you will still be prone to!!! haha.....
  • Anybody try it yet in a VM?

    What are the minimum VM specs for running it?

    I could see making it the default VM for browsing for secure sessions and such.

    Btw, my daughter's HP laptop has their "QuickWeb" OS, that she often boots into instead of W7, because it's so much faster. I believe HP licensed and built it on around SplashTop. It includes a Skype client, multimedia player/manager, mail client, etc. in addition to Chrome.
    • RE: SplashTop Linux web OS with Chrome, Bing available for download

      No VM, QuickWeb OS is based from SplashTop.