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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: How about this...
By Master Kenobi on 10/9/2007 11:28:31 AM , Rating: 1
As not to get in the tireless battle of linux or no linux with a person who obviously hasn't even tried it "can tell easily by your comments about the environment".

Too late, you already made the off-cuff remark. I've used Linux past and present. I'm a fan of the Fedora distro personally. That said, Linux is not ready for prime time with your average low IQ user.

I would say that your preconceptions about the linux desktop environment, release schedule, and usability are a far stretch from the truth.

No, they are quite on target. Depends on the flavor. Some are better than others. (See Novell, Red Hat for examples of decent release schedules)

At this point in time one could easily exactly replicate a vista or xp desktop with the same usability,layout, and functionality.

Do-able yes. But will all of their software work on it? No. Will it work exactly the way they are used to it working? No.

For the regular user, change is to be avoided at all costs, they want it to work and work the same way each time. Ever wonder why the Windows UI hasn't changed much from 95A to XP SP2?

If you actually look at the growth in the entire os field "this includes servers" you will see linux is gobbling up a ton of marketshare at this point. One could say there really isn't any slowdown in sight.

We aren't talking about servers. People who maintain and stand up servers are more technically savvy and are more than capable of handling Linux. We are talking about regular mainstream Desktop OS, and the Feasability of Linux as one. It's not. We won't get into all the reasons why, but it's the same reason that holds Mac to such an abysmal market share. Start with Games, and Productivity Packages, then move on to Business Applications, that should give you a starting point.

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