"In a direct challenge to PCs running Microsoft's Windows XP
Media Center, InterVideo of California last week launched the
"Instead of having to wait for Windows to boot, the technology
allows all a PC's entertainment functions--TV, DVD, CD, MP3,
radio--to be run on a pared-down version of the open-source Linux
operating system, called LinDVD. Rather than sitting on a hard
drive, LinDVD is small enough to be held in a read-only memory chip
and boots in 10 seconds flat.
"'For consumer electronics activities, the InstantOn PC is
strictly Linux. It simply uses Windows for the slower drudge work
like word processing,' said InterVideo spokesman Andy Marken,
speaking at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas last
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