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Sep 18, 2009, 19:36 (2 Talkback[s])
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"Another instant-on option is HyperSpace (also Linux-based) from Phoenix Technologies, the BIOS people. HyperSpace-- which offers a 21-day trial and does require its own partition on your hard drive-- offers a UI very similar to Presto, includes Firefox and uses Meebo for IM (but no Skype) and bundles ThinkFree's Java-based productivity suite. There are actually two versions of HyperSpace: HyperSpace Dual works in a dual-boot scenario, while HyperSpace Hybrid can run concurrently with Windows, letting you switch back and forth between the two operating systems via a hotkey. (To use the Hybrid version, you need a processor with Intel's Virtualization extensionsâ€"i.e., a Core Duo or better.)

"The two caveats of HyperSpace are compatibility and price. Although HyperSpace's hardware compatibility seems to have improved somewhat from when we tested it at Small Business Computing back in February (shortly after its launch), the software has only been "validated" on a small handful of systems. That said, you may still be able to get it running on a system with an Intel CPU and an Intel or Broadcom wireless chipset (it also supports several AT&T and Verizon 3G WWAN adapters). Because HyperSpace is sold on an annual subscription basis, the $39.95 for Dual, $59.95 for Hybrid price tag is a recurring rather than one-time cost."

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