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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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Overwhelming potential.
By justinmcg67 on 10/8/2007 9:28:36 PM , Rating: 2
Useless or not. This is the greatest idea to come out on a motherboard that I've seen in YEARS. Should your main OS fail, and you NEED a method of figuring out hot to fix it, well, now you can get on the web to find it. That's just one method of use.

This new feature, over-priced or not, is a GREAT idea. I expect ASUS to make this a common feature in its boards from here on out. Great idea...I can't even stress this enough.

RE: Overwhelming potential.
By deeznuts on 10/8/2007 9:58:28 PM , Rating: 2
I agree. It's not the cause of the high price tag I'm sure but a geat idea. any innovation is good. there are times i've turned off my main comp and am running out the door when i forget something, like looking up directions or a phone number or anything for that matter. it's useful, not essential.

RE: Overwhelming potential.
By feelingshorter on 10/8/2007 10:20:48 PM , Rating: 2
I agree. I cant believe no one else thought of this. I know i'm not the only one who has had hard drive failure! As with all new things, i'm not complaining about price because i'm not going to buy it....yet. I'll wait until the price drops like most other college students short on cash.

RE: Overwhelming potential.
By drebo on 10/9/2007 1:10:38 AM , Rating: 2
I agree. I cant believe no one else thought of this.

Uhm, someone else did think of this. This feature has been around on HP ProLiant computers for quite a while. It's called Integrated Lights-Out. It gives you the ability to control the system remotely using an embedded OS that's completely separate from the OS the system is running. It's even gone so far as to add a virtual KVM, which is an amazing feature for anyone who has remote servers to administer.

This isn't new technology. It's simply the first (and most likely last) time it's been used in the consumer space.

RE: Overwhelming potential.
By Belegost on 10/8/2007 11:11:55 PM , Rating: 5
Or you could just keep a knoppix disk in your desk drawer.

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