Phoenix Technologies Purchased By HP For $12 Million

Phoenix Technologies Purchased By HP For $12 Million

Not sure if you've noticed, but Linux is quietly gaining steam. Android is becoming a huge mobile OS, Ubuntu is getting more and more attention, and now Linux builds are fetching huge amounts of money from mainstays in the industry. We're talking about Phoenix Technologies, which was recently purchased by HP for a staggering $12 million.


Hewlett-Packard, which has yet to close their mega-purchase of Palm, is also back on the acquisition trail. Phoenix is known mostly for their work on a Linux-based quick boot OS as well as their client virtualization assets, both of which seem to be quite valuable in HP's eyes. HP is picking up HyperSpace, which is said to be a variant of the Linux OS that enables users to surf the Internet, browse images or check e-mail in a matter of seconds rather than waiting for their machine to fully boot into a full-fledged operating system.


The OS is meant primarily for use in netbooks and other low-power devices where booting up can be an arduous process, and the deal is expected to close later this month. HP is also picking up HyperCore, which is described as an "embedded hypervisor that allows HyperSpace to run certain core services along with the Windows OS." There are no plans yet that HP has revealed about how they plan to use these assets, but the guessing game is back on. We're still wondering how exactly HP will use the WebOS assets, so now we've two things to ponder. Who would've thought HP would have so much mystery surrounding them?
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>> Not sure if you've noticed, but Linux is quietly gaining steam.

I've been using Steam under Linux for years. One day, it will be native.

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I tried one of those instant on OSes a while back. Can't remember which one. Only shaved a second or two off of a normal Linux install. But it was very limited. Then again maybe if it was on memory on the motherboard it would be quicker. Then again SSDs are roaring into the mainstream soon. Oh man. Now idk what to think about them. Indifferent

Also 3vi1. I am waiting for that too. Mac just got Team Fortress the other day. Jealous.

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The only way Linux will ever be a viable option to the average joe pc person is if it comes with its own universal installer. The crap of having to go to the command line to install something is so 1980. I have managed more times to fubar the kernel in Linux trying to install a program that is compatible. This is why the only Linux i use is one that runs off a CD.

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I like Linux as an alternative and I might switch to it once I lose interest in gaming or I suddenly hate Windows for a reason.

But there's something that we're forgetting... Isn't Phoenix the maker of AwardBIOS? It just brings up concerns about what they're going to do with AwardBIOS and if they're going to have a dominance over the competition.

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TaylorKarras:

I like Linux as an alternative and I might switch to it once I lose interest in gaming or I suddenly hate Windows for a reason.

But there's something that we're forgetting... Isn't Phoenix the maker of AwardBIOS? It just brings up concerns about what they're going to do with AwardBIOS and if they're going to have a dominance over the competition.

 

BIOSes are going away. If it weren't for the BIOS we would have drives larger than 2gig available now, if it weren't for BIOSes it would be easier to create a Hackintosh. its taking way too long for EFI to be available on more systems.

 

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digitaldd:
BIOSes are going away. If it weren't for the BIOS we would have drives larger than 2gig available now, if it weren't for BIOSes it would be easier to create a Hackintosh. its taking way too long for EFI to be available on more systems.

I'd believe that if EFI were on every system right now. I'd also believe it if I could flash my motherboard with an EFI BIOS and if Windows 7 had the ability to boot natively under EFI.

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Yeah having to boot up with the Windows WAIK and doing the command line mambo to get it working is a bit of a pain but it does work.

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