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FingerGear releases Linux-based Computer-On-a-Stick Flash Drive
Posted on 23-Jul-2005 10:38. | Tags Filed under: News.

FingerGear releases Linux-based Computer-On-a-Stick Flash Drive
FingerGear is introducing the Computer-On-a-Stick Flash Drive. The Computer-On-a-Stick is a bootable USB 2.0 Flash Drive featuring a complete onboard Operating System.

Based on Linux 2.6.x Kernel with Gnome GUI Desktop, the device comes in configurations with 256MB, 512MB, 1G, 2G, 4G, and 8GB.

The device also features the OpenOffice Productivity Suite, along with many of the most commonly used desktop and Internet applications. The Computer-On-a-Stick allows users to take their entire software environment with them and move from hardware to hardware.

The device is bootable from any PC with an x86 processor supporting USB boot. All bookmarks, address book, emails, and office documents are stored securely on the device and never leave a trace on the host PC. Users enter a login password at each session.

The Office Suite, developed by, is compatible with the most common Microsoft Office applications, including Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook. The Computer-On-a-Stick also includes the Mozilla FireFox browser. Also included are Evolution Email, a PDF Viewer and Creator, a data compression utility, and GAIM, an Instant Messenger that is compatible with Yahoo IM, MSN Messenger, AIM, and Napster, among others.

For increased security and portability, the Computer-On-a-Stick features both a public and a private partition. The public partition is accessible on Windows, Linux, and Macintosh PCs, making it easy to share non-sensitive files. The private directory can only be accessed by booting from the device and after the user enters a login password.

According to the company, coming soon is the Bio Computer-on-a-stick, which incorporates a fingerprinter reader for biometric authentication.

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