July 23, 2009

OSCON 2009: How Intel Designed Netbooks For Fast Starts

Article Source InformationWeek
July 23, 2009, 9:05 am

The success of netbooks wasn't completely accidental. Intel and other hardware manufacturers two years ago set out to create a low-end, PC-like device that booted quickly and let users get to work without a 2-3 minute wait often associated with other personal computers.

The quick start time of netbooks originally was tied to a revised approach to the boot-up process with Linux since early versions of the device ran the open source operating system. As netbooks have become more widely accepted, they have gradually shifted from a Linux device to a Microsoft Windows device, the operating system with which most consumers are most familiar...