Microsoft trying to achieve the faster booting times in upcoming Windows 8 (on i7, 2nd generation processor with 8 GB RAM) while browser based OS Google Chrome (Chromium Project) claims that they already achieved, There is a new OS jumped in to this arena named ‘xPUD’ which is again a browser based OS based on the popular browser Firefox integrated with Linux. The difference is xPUD can provide the faster boot even in older hardwares. xPUD boots inl ess than 10 seconds, some users claim under 5 seconds.
Other than the fast booting, xPUD has other advantages. It is very light while running and in size. Surprisingly the image of xPUD’s current version 0.9.2 is around 45 MB and it only requires 64 MB of free hard disk space to install it. So xPUD becomes primary choice of OS for portable devices as it has limitations for the storage space. Another great advantage of this OS is it has it’s own App Center, but it has very few apps for now, we can expect more in the future but not for sure. So far the apps supporting are OpenOffice, DropBox, Skype, codecs for media playing and some extra utilities.
Coming to the interface of the OS, it is very simple having one window for all with 4 activity based tabs. Apps and programs are scattered among these tabs. There is no task bar to see the running applications. Mozilla’s Firefox and its gecko engine is the default browser to experience the web.
xPUD can be used by anyone and has nothing great to explore in it except the simplicity and lightness. You can not use this OS for more than browsing the web and some basic media experiences. So it can’t be everyone’s ‘cup of tea’ but it can be a obvious choice for the portable OS options ( pen drive OS ). It works better than Chrome except chrome has lots of applications.
Download and Try xPUD yourself, try running on virtual machine using VMware or Virtual Box or any other player of your choice. Install it in your device’s partition only if you satisfied on VMs.