Presto: Instant-On for Any PC
You've probably heard about PCs like the HP Voodoo Envy133 and the Lenovo IdeaPad S10e that can start almost immediately, booting into a Linux OS so you can check e-mail or play some music. But so far, those systems have been embedded in a PC's BIOS, meaning that if your PC didn't ship with the capability then you were out of luck. Presto
is a similar instant-on system that you can install on an existing laptop or desktop. Made by Xandros, makers of a popular Linux distribution, Presto should be available as a free beta on March 16.