HP has announced that it is to buy Linux technology from BIOS specialist Phoenix in a $12 million (£8.16 million) deal that gives the tech giant access to the company's HyperSpace Linux platform.
According to coverage of the deal over on ITworld
, the deal will see certain Phoenix assets transferred to Hewlett Packard, giving HP control over the company's HyperCore and HyperSpace technologies.
is a lightweight, slim Linux-based operating system designed for installation as a second operating system on portable devices such as netbooks and notebooks, offering the user boot times significantly faster than Windows - a major advantage when you're out and about and just want to check your e-mail or listen to some music. While HyperSpace isn't the most popular quick-boot Linux platform - that honour goes to SplashTop, which has enjoyed continued support in Asus products
for a few years now - it does offer the company a useful selling point for its portable products division.
The deal also allows HP to use Phoenix's HyperCore platform, which is a virtualisation hypervisor designed to work with HyperSpace and allow the Linux platform to keep certain core services running even while the user is booted into Windows.
While the main thrust of the deal appears to be centred around Phoenix's Linux technologies, the company is best known for its BIOS work - which a Phoenix spokesman said will continue unchanged.
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