Forum: Linux  and Free Software
Topic: Splashtop
started by: curaga

Posted by curaga on July 31 2008,18:33
I've taken a look at DeviceVM Splashtop insides. You know, that 5-sec booting extra on Asus mobos, or on HD in the budget models.

After taking some peeks, I'm less than impressed. The binary release doesn't have access to the base, just the extensions.

Well. The code is inefficient. Most binaries are unstripped. It takes a lot of ram to run, to even start it it checks for 256mb. It uses Xvesa, busybox and Blackbox for god's sake! 256mb?

DSL has been far more advanced for quite a long time. Tiny core is way better (and boots pretty fast too :))

I just asked for the sources, as I want to learn on the things they did right, mostly the extremely fast boot.


/me asks for opinions, and if someone happens to own a device with it, how do you like it?

Posted by ^thehatsrule^ on July 31 2008,19:17
You could try it out yourself.  Link of interest: < http://www.phoronix.com/vr.php?view=12664 >

Some of the core base parts are proprietary.

Posted by curaga on Aug. 01 2008,10:08
Yes, that's where I got my instructions. And by trying I figured the 256mb requirement out :p
Posted by WDef on Aug. 01 2008,22:03
Is the 256mb check for Splashtop top itself though, or for the progs it allows you to start - as I recall you can go straight to playing dvds whatever, yes?
Posted by curaga on Aug. 02 2008,08:35
It doesn't let you do anything other than shutdown or continue to boot without 256mb ram..

I'm quite sure the image viewer / pidgin / music player / file manager for usb sticks won't require that much. Firefox does though, but why prevent using the other apps.

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