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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: Overwhelming potential.
By drebo on 10/9/2007 1:10:38 AM , Rating: 2
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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.


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