Hewlett-Packard is to buy the Linux-based quick-boot OS and client virtualisation assets of Phoenix Technologies for US$12 million.
HP will buy HyperSpace, a watered-down version of the Linux OS that allows users to surf the web, view digital images or check email seconds after switching on a PC. The OS works on netbooks, laptops and desktops. Phoenix has offered HyperSpace as an option to Microsoft's Windows OS, which could take 30 seconds or more to boot.
The transaction is expected to close this month. HP will also buy the assets surrounding HyperCore, an embedded hypervisor that allows HyperSpace to run certain core services along with the Windows OS.