March 24, 2012, 7:41 AM — Microsoft may be able to achieve relatively quick boot times using its forthcoming Windows 8, but the fact remains that for most of us--running on less-than-ideal hardware--those records will likely be out of reach.
Composed primarily of Firefox for Web browsing along with a media player and a simple, custom user interface, xPUD weighs in at just 64MB, boots up in less than 10 seconds, and has an app store of its very own.
Sound intriguing? Read on.
A Natural for Netbooks
Based on Firefox, xPUD is a tiny and free Linux distribution focused primarily on browsing the Web and playing movies and other media. It's not new, but it has several cool features to recommend it.
With an emphasis on simplicity, the operating system's core image takes up less than 50MB of space--the full .iso file is 64MB--and yet it's still binary-compatible with most major Linux distributions, including Ubuntu and Fedora.
A Mini App Store
xPUD's Web-based user interface, dubbed "plate," is a combination of Mozilla's Gecko Runtime and desktop integration with the underlying Linux stack. It's organized around four activity-based tabs, as shown in the screenshot below: Home, an application Menu, a File browser, and a Setting center.