Phoenix HyperSpace: Quick-Boot Your Laptop
Phoenix Technologies' new HyperSpace is an instant-on environment for laptops, letting users launch a browser or other apps with booting into the OS.On Nov. 5, Phoenix Technologies introduced a firmware product called HyperSpace, which allows PCs to run a number of applications separate from the operating system. What that means is that if you use a PC equipped with HyperSpace, you will be able to quick-boot your notebook into a secure Linux environment, where you can use Web browsers like FireFox and preloaded Web-aware apps like Google Earth, Picasa and the like. You won't be loading the HyperSpace environment as an end user; it will be up to the system manufacturer to equip your system with HyperSpace at the factory, or up to your IT folk to order HyperSpace on your company's laptops.
You probably already use Phoenix Technologies products and don't even know it. Phoenix is one of the major providers of motherboard BIOS firmware for the PC industry, and as such your computer couldn't boot itself without the BIOS (it "loads" itself before Windows does). In September, Phoenix disclosed the