Raise your hand if you're familiar with WindowsXP boot times - the disk rattles and shudders, the screen flickers briefly and, after a long while, it finally brings up the Windows desktop. And maybe you only want to play some tunes or a DVD. AOpen demonstrates with the XC Cube AV that things can be different - and certainly not this slow. The Linux operating system requires just 100 MB and boots up within five seconds. But never fear, the Linux installation itself is self-explanatory and does not call for prior experience. Only the basic drivers, specially adapted to the XC Cube AV's motherboard, are used.
You do not need to make settings to the video resolution or install any device drivers. InstantON, as this Linux CD is called, must be installed before the actual OS (Windows), and installation takes just a few minutes. A stand-alone module is loaded for each playback, selectable via the remote control or the buttons on the barebones. Loading the DVD player on fast hardware takes less than five seconds. Setting up the CD/MP3 player or activating the TV/radio tuner also takes but a few seconds before playback commences on the monitor or TV.
The CD player is ideal for playing back MP3 files from CD or the hard drive.