July 14, 2009, 10:30 am
BIOS manufacturer Phoenix Technologies announced plans on Monday to launch a new version of its Linux-based HyperSpace environment that will use some components of Intel's Moblin platform. The move reflects Moblin's growing traction among vendors, but it is also Phoenix's response to the recent revelation that Google is building its own Linux operating system.
HyperSpace, which was first introduced by Phoenix in 2007, is an "instant-on" Linux environment designed to run in a slim hypervisor that is part of the BIOS. It uses its own power management framework that boosts battery life.¬†
HyperSpace can be used by itself on a netbook or shipped alongside a conventional Windows installation. It provides a simple user interface and an assortment of applications for common tasks, including a Web browser and ThinkFree's Java-based office suite.