"Many office workers have the same morning routine: turn on the
computer, then grab coffee, catch up with coworkers, or look at
paperwork while Windows boots up. Others save time, but waste
energy, by keeping their machines on all the time.
"Now Device VM, a startup based in Silicon Valley, has a product
that circumvents the everlasting boot-up. The company has recently
released a tiny piece of software that, when integrated with common
computer hardware, gives users the option to boot either Windows or
a faster, less-complex operating system called Splashtop. Depending
on the hardware and Splashtop settings, a person using the
software--which is based on the open-source operating system
Linux--can start surfing the Web or watching a DVD in less than 20
seconds, and, in some cases, in less than five..."