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Presto Loads a Streamlined Desktop in 15 Seconds

Mar 20, 2009, 06:02 (0 Talkback[s])

"Presto is free while in beta, but moves to a $20 paid version on April 13. In the meantime, head to the Presto download site, grab the file (or wait until you have time and bandwidth for 483MB), and install it like any other Windows application.

"Presto is a streamlined, stripped-down version of the Xandros distribution of Linux. Hardware manufacturers are doing something similar with embedded Linux chips, like Splashtop, but Presto runs on pretty much any Intel-based system. It was built for boot-up speed, and intends to give laptop users an alternative system to jump into when they really just want to check a site, check their email, or maybe tweak an Office-type file or two without having to wait for everything on their Windows PC to load, and load, and load ..."

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