InformationWeek reported Friday that Linux will be on more PCs next year than Windows will. Pointing to a blog post by Linux Foundation Executive Director Jim Zemlin, writer Antone Gonsalves notes, however, that Linux won't necessarily be the primary operating system on these computers. He explains:
PC makers are developing computers that can give people access to basic functions, such as e-mail and Web browsing, in less than 30 seconds. To make that happen, PC makers are turning to Linux as the foundation of the software used for the fast boot.It's a trend that's gaining steam, according to a New York Times article, which Zemlin also cites. Mainstream PC makers like HP, Dell and Lenovo are working on or already offer notebooks with such "instant-on" capability, the story says, and the programs that give users access to basic functionality while Windows loads in the background are based on Linux.
One such fast-boot program, called Splashtop, is made by DeviceVM. The company charges $1 to $2 per machine to add the software. Asus, known for its Eee PC, is also building fast-boot technology into all its offerings. Zemlin says the rise of such technology means "we may see a world at the end of next year where Linux ships on almost every notebook computer regardless of whether it is loaded with Windows."