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ASUS P5E3 Deluxe  (Source: Phoronix)
New ASUS P5E3 deluxe mainboard has instant-on Linux embedded

ASUS’ forthcoming enthusiast mainboard called the P5E3 Deluxe has all sorts of features that you’d expect to find on a high-end mainboard powered by the Intel X38 chipset. The board features dual PCI Express slots, DDR3 memory and more.

A feature that you don’t expect to find on a mainboard is an embedded Linux environment. Phoronix says that the Linux environment is complete with a web browser and a Skype VoIP client. The Linux environment is ready to run within seconds of powering the mainboard up and requires no software installation.

A screen asks you if you want to boot into Linux or another operating system. The software that supports this Linux environment is called SplashTop, which is an instant-on Linux environment being developed by DeviceVM.

The included web browser is a stripped version of Firefox that includes support for flash. The OS loads into your RAM, however, Phoronix says that your settings are recalled for the next time you use Linux. Support for Live Bookmarks is included but you can’t open local files on SplashTop.

SplashTop is also reportedly able to access and use the mainboard’s built-in ASUS 802.11n wireless adapter right out of the box as well. Supported screen resolutions inside SplashTop are basic and no 3D acceleration is available. Linux fans may be disappointed to hear that there is no Linux virtual terminal.

The MSRP for the ASUS P5E3 Deluxe is $360 USD.



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RE: Linux is nice, but too expensive
By keitaro on 10/8/2007 5:19:03 PM , Rating: 3
That much is true. The inclusion of an embedded Linux OS is nice but the pricetag asked for the board alone is what killed it. I'm going out on a limb on this assumption: Most net cafes aren't going to spend that much on a motherboard that does basic internet tasks.

One can build a stand-alone mock-up for a fraction of the board's MSRP. All it takes is a cheap US$60-70 board, which will include an integrated graphics chip, a USB thumb drive, and a simple internal-external USB port adapter. And due to the nature of Linux, there are plenty of distribution flavors around to provide a stand-alone 'net station to be used in 'net cafes.


By LogicallyGenius on 10/9/2007 8:30:02 AM , Rating: 1
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