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Multimedia embedded Linux boot option gains DVD burning, DVB-T

May 31, 2005 — by Henry Kingman — from the LinuxDevices Archive — views

InterVideo will demonstrate new capabilities in its embedded Linux multimedia boot environment for Windows laptops and PCs at Computex in Taipei this week. The company says InstantOn now supports DVD burning on select notebooks, as well as DVB-T (digital video broadcasting-terrestrial), a standard popular in Europe.

InstantOn is a quick-booting (under 10 seconds) Linux environment that aims to let laptop owners enjoy DVDs and other multimedia content without waiting for Windows to boot up. It shipped in January of 2004, and gained PVR capabilities two months later. The technology has been licensed for use in AOpen barebones PCs, NEC ValueStar PCs, LaVie PCs, and Hitachi Prius PCs. Fujitsu, meanwhile, licensed similar technology for its Qosmio laptops.

InterVideo calls DVB-T the most popular digital terrestrial television system, and says it is widely adopted in Europe. Several notebook makers have licensed InstantOn's DVB-T capabilities, the company says.

Additionally, several vendors have equipped their notebooks with TV tuner cards, enabling users to record TV programs to a DVD disc, sharing the TV scheduler with the Windows application, InterVideo says.

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