Linux, Open Source & Ubuntu: Xandros Presto Beta Brings Linux Instant-Boot Capability to Windows-Based Systems, eWEEK Labs Finds
One of the main attractions of Linux-based netbooks is their ability to boot up almost instantly and provide quick access to Web browsers and other core applications. But what if you could give the same kind of instant-on functionality to Windows notebooks (especially older ones)? That's the idea behind Xandros Presto, which was launched at Demo in early March. Presto installs on top of Microsoft Windows and lets users choose to quickly boot into the lightweight Linux Presto OS instead of Windows. In Presto, users can access Web browsers, instant messaging, Skype and many other applications, while still being able to access the files and folders located in the underlying Windows system. Currently a beta, Presto has some hiccups, but looks promising as a way of providing instant access to the apps we use the most.