Phoenix & Opera Bring Browser to Hyperspace

Phoenix & Opera Bring Browser to Hyperspace

When traveling, it can be a bit of a nuisance to boot one’s laptop and wait for it to load the OS and connect to the Internet, just to check a quick email or two before a flight. Soon, we may be able to have this same functionality, but without the wait: Phoenix Technologies and Opera Software have partnered to bring the Opera Browser to the HyperSpace platform as a way of delivering instant-on access to the Internet.

Hyperspace is a compact Linux environment that runs independently beside a system's core OS. Like Asus' Express Gate, Hyperspace provides access to instant-on applications. Because it is independent, HyperSpace can run while the OS is booting, running, or shuts down.

The result of the Phoenix / Opera partnership will enable users to browse the Web, conduct secure transactions, and read and send email within seconds of turning on their HyperSpace-enabled PC, without having to wait for Windows to boot. The full-featured Opera browser supports widgets and includes Opera Link, a feature that lets you sync bookmarks and saved pages among multiple devices and operating systems. 

"Instant-on access to the Internet is a cornerstone of our PC 3.0 promise to simplify the PC end user experience and transform PCs into more user-friendly, versatile, and effective systems," said Woody Hobbs, President and CEO of Phoenix Technologies. "We sought the most robust technology for mobile PCs in the industry to deploy a browser optimized for HyperSpace. By working with Opera, we can ensure users will enjoy a dynamic online experience seconds after turning on their PCs. And once Windows has fully booted, users will be able to quickly and easily toggle back and forth between their Windows applications and the instant-on, always-available HyperSpace environment. An added benefit is that HyperSpace delivers an extra two hours of battery life on the average notebook."
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I wouldn't want to invest heavily in companies providing this functionality. I'm a huge Linux supporter, but these quick-boot "instant-on" systems are likely to be made obsolete by non-volatile RAM technologies in the not-to-distant future.

Some day soon, we'll have instant hibernate/unhibernate - and it will be OS independent.

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