Some may be calling the Instant On operating system on their netbooks useless but that doesn't mean the trend is going to come to a close. Today we have heard news of two new Instant On environments launching: Xandros' Presto and MSI's Winki.
Open source Xandros' Presto will offer a Linux pre-boot enviornment. According to the newly-launched site, Presto will "boot your computer in seconds — like magic." Thus the Presto! Presto will allow you to get to your e-mail, chat programs, and Skype before Windows XP or Vista boots. From the screenshots, the interface looks pretty basic with a toolbar with your basic Web applications on the left hand side. No word yet on which notebook manufacters will use Presto for their pre-boot envirornment.
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MSI also sees the benefit of putting a pre-boot envirornment on its computers, or at least just desktops for now. According to its press release, Winki is a "internet interactive device without an operating system." Perhaps MSI meant without a Microsoft operating system, because the small device boots into a basic interface that contains a Firefox browser, Skype and Pidgin client.
Fighting all Linux sterotypes, MSI states that "all installations and settings have been simplified and made more straightforward." Engadget caught a glimpse of the device which seems to, at this point connect, to the motherboard or an onboard USB Pin-header. We have reached out to MSI to get comment if this Captain Winki "non-OS" may come to its laptops or netbooks.