HP snaps up fast-booting Linux OS specialist Phoenix

The unprecedented popularity of scaled down ultra-portable netbook computers from manufacturers including Asus, Dell and HP has in turn fuelled interest in fast booting operating systems (OS) capable of starting up in a matter of seconds.

Hewlett-Packard last week opted to spend US$12 million acquiring Phoenix Technologies to bring its HyperSpace OS into the HP stable for distribution on netbooks and laptops down its product line.

HyperSpace although a ‘watered down’ version of the Linux OS, will allow users to get simple uncomplicated access to their machines to check email, view images and surf the web.

After acquiring Palm in April of this year, HP’s move to further improve its mobile device technology may be seen as a means to react to the rising popularity of tablet devices, which generally boot up extremely quickly.