Splashtop “Instant On” motherboard
So I have had on my desk for about week now a sweet little ASUS laptop containing one of the new Splashtop motherboards. Don’t know what Splashtop is? Well Splashtop is a motherboard that contains, in the onboard memory, a special version of Linux (based on Small Linux - formerly tinyX) that runs right after the bios. In my review laptop I hit a special key (mapped to tinyX), the bios posts, and tinyX is up and ready to surf the web and do a minimum amount of tricks.
As far as performance is concerned - I was really impressed. I never would have guessed that X Windows was running off system memory. Most Live CDs show themselves by means of performance. Splashtop was not the case. It felt like I was running a standard OS on a standard motherboard. This thing was fast. Now the specs on the laptop were nothing to sneeze at:
Duo T7500, 160GB HD, and 2GB of ram.
That 2GB of ram really helped.