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DeviceVM's proprietary/Linux split explained

Covering Asus' adoption of DeviceVM's Splashtop software in all its motherboards and some laptops, we were wondering exactly which parts were proprietary and which were Linux - hence pulling back from calling it a "Linux OS".Late Friday I got this comment from DeviceVM's David Speiser:While the application environment of Splashtop is based on Linux, the part of Splashtop that is embedded into BIOS and achieves the instant-on first screen is based on a proprietary RTOS that DeviceVM developed.
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Written by David Meyer, Freelance reporter on

Covering Asus' adoption of DeviceVM's Splashtop software in all its motherboards and some laptops, we were wondering exactly which parts were proprietary and which were Linux - hence pulling back from calling it a "Linux OS".

Late Friday I got this comment from DeviceVM's David Speiser:

While the application environment of Splashtop is based on Linux, the part of Splashtop that is embedded into BIOS and achieves the instant-on first screen is based on a proprietary RTOS that DeviceVM developed. In our product, we have proper credit and acknowledgment of open source components used.

That being said, we acknowledge and embrace the open-source philosophy behind Linux. We are a big believer in open source, and we are actively contributing back to the community. Our source code (the part under GPL) is open and available, and we're glad to be contributing back to the community.

So now you - and we - know.

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