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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 HighWing on 10/9/2007 6:07:53 PM , Rating: 1
I would just like to add this as an IT/Network admin.

Ask any other Network Admin weather they would prefer to have a Windows or Linux for their desktop users, then ask what they think would actually work better for their environment?

Chances are if the person has any knowledge of Linux they will tell you that they would prefer to have it as a desktop and might already be running a server with it. However, as is already pointed out, they would also tell you that it would NOT work as the desktop PC in their environment.

Putting aside the fact of it being different and people having to learn new things, which IS a big part of it. You also have to think about compatibility with other software and/or products on the market. Which that part of linux is also spotty at best between flavors.

Now if you want to tear apart my statements let me first tell you that I am speaking from the experience of just having recently migrated from a Sun Solaris Thin Client (dumb terminal) desktop to Windows XP. Granted I did like the security of the Solaris system, the fact was the only thing we could really use them for was Word Processing and Web Surfing. Any third party Software had very little support and installs or config changes sometimes ment logging everyone off the system. At which point the clients were not usable till the system was back up fully.

Fact is the Windows Environment just offers a greater verity of flexibility and compatibility that is easier to implement with known stability . Those last two are the most important that to a growing business, is worth more money and a few extra headaches. Till *nix or even apple can overcome that the desktops will forever be owned by Mircosoft.

RE: How about this...
By Master Kenobi on 10/10/2007 7:32:12 AM , Rating: 2
However, as is already pointed out, they would also tell you that it would NOT work as the desktop PC in their environment.

Spoken like any System or Network Admin I've ever worked with. I'm in a shop where we maintain about 9000 desktops and laptops daily. It's just not reasonable to switch out to *nix, the headaches of changeover and compatability would kill us, but the users and their bosses would kill us faster.

“And I don't know why [Apple is] acting like it’s superior. I don't even get it. What are they trying to say?” -- Bill Gates on the Mac ads
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