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  • #16
    The only thing that I do not understand is that this Linux embedded feature is not mentioned at all in the manual. Also I have highly doubts that it will run WITHOUT hd, a BIOS image is 2 MB, but how huge should be the chip? Maybe the installer sets a marker in the mbr where to find the image on hd. Could you verify this by testing it WITHOUT hd? Also I would like to know what files the Windows tool does create...

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    • #17
      Originally posted by Kano View Post
      The only thing that I do not understand is that this Linux embedded feature is not mentioned at all in the manual. Also I have highly doubts that it will run WITHOUT hd, a BIOS image is 2 MB, but how huge should be the chip? Maybe the installer sets a marker in the mbr where to find the image on hd. Could you verify this by testing it WITHOUT hd? Also I would like to know what files the Windows tool does create...
      It's mentioned in the printed manual under ASUS Express Gate. Perhaps for the online version they are removing it since this technology isn't being announced until Wednesday.

      SplashTop doesn't depend upon a hard drive.
      Michael Larabel
      http://www.michaellarabel.com/

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      • #18
        What BIOS chip is used?

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        • #19
          Look, the Phoronix folks just told us they cannot give any additional details until Wednesday

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          • #20
            Originally posted by Kano View Post
            What BIOS chip is used?
            Maybe it's in an extra nand chip. They're a lot cheaper
            than NORs/EEPROMs of similar sizes, and you can fit a
            lot of software in 64MB flash.

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            • #21
              Would be cool to break out (if there is no console option) with things like CTRL-ALT-Fx and check:

              cat /proc/mounts

              and some other things...

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              • #22
                How long until this gets hacked to load your main system?

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                • #23
                  I was passed along some confidential slides on how Express Gate/SplashTop works... waiting for permission to post them.
                  Michael Larabel
                  http://www.michaellarabel.com/

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                  • #24
                    See: http://www.phoronix.com/scan.php?pag...item&px=NjEwNw
                    Michael Larabel
                    http://www.michaellarabel.com/

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                    • #25
                      This motherboard sounds amazing. I'd buy this board just for the express gate feature even if the rest of the board sucked (which luckily does not appear to be the case if you can judge a board from it's outward appearance).

                      Having an updated Express Gate that allows updating of the BIOS through Express Gate out of the box is critical though. There is no way I'm going to buy and install a copy of windows just to update the bios/express gate so I'm glad to hear that's high on their todo list.

                      Anyway, thanks for the excellent and exciting preview.

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                      • #26
                        Once I get clearance from DeviceVM, I will be releasing new details including what type of devices SplashTop will be on next and some hints of the future.
                        Michael Larabel
                        http://www.michaellarabel.com/

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                        • #27
                          Firefox extensions?

                          The real question is, can you install extensions to the included Firefox? There are now two webs, one is what you get with all the ad crap filtered out with Adblock+ and Flashblock. The other web is the one full of blinking junk. So which web does Asus offer?

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                          • #28
                            Originally posted by amrs View Post
                            The real question is, can you install extensions to the included Firefox? There are now two webs, one is what you get with all the ad crap filtered out with Adblock+ and Flashblock. The other web is the one full of blinking junk. So which web does Asus offer?
                            ASUS offers the web that doesn't steal from publishers.
                            Michael Larabel
                            http://www.michaellarabel.com/

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                            • #29
                              Tomorrow DeviceVM's SplashTop product will be officially unveiled but since posting our original article on this technology and later an ASUS update, we have learned some new details about this instant-on Linux desktop environment. Specifically, yesterday a private briefing was held with David Speiser (DeviceVM's VP of Marketing), Thomas Deng (DeviceVM's CTO), and Andrew Kippen (Stage Two Consulting), where new details were shed on the technical workings of SplashTop and its future.
                              http://www.phoronix.com/vr.php?view=11188
                              Michael Larabel
                              http://www.michaellarabel.com/

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                              • #30
                                Awesome

                                I can think of a lot of uses for this.

                                How many times have you had to find out which piece of hardware is bad in a computer?
                                Is it the OS installation (windows likes to mess up over time), the video card, the memory, the hard drive etc.

                                When I suspect it is the OS installation I usually wind up booting off of a Knoppix-like live CD and see if the problems are still there.

                                Another use for this would be to install Linux to a hard drive without burning any CDs.
                                I use Gentoo. When I install it, I use whatever Live CD I have lying around. All you need is a handful of commands. You need fdisk, wget, tar, an editor, etc.

                                Another good use for this would be a built in (recovery mode).
                                How many times has a Windows machine not been able to boot itself but all the data is still there?
                                You either have to take out the hard drive and put it in another computer and burn stuff to CDs / DVDs before reformating the hard drive or you have to boot into a Live Linux CD and do something similar. With this...its right there.

                                Now...having said that. I wouldn't want to pay more than the $0.10 it would cost me to burn a CD to have this feature.

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