SplashTop Arrives For Notebooks
Written by Michael Larabel in Hardware on 29 May 2008 at 07:48 AM EDT. 1 Comment
Earlier this month the major announcement came down that ASUS would be massively expanding its SplashTop motherboard selection to the point of producing in excess of one million motherboards per month with this embedded Linux technology. This morning another major ASUS and DeviceVM hook-up has been announced that SplashTop will now be shipping on a few of their notebook computers.

Among the initial models gaining this SplashTop/ExpressGate support are the ASUS M70T, M50V and M51T. Back in January at the 2008 Consumer Electronic Show, we had looked at SplashTop running on a notebook.

Around here, SplashTop is one of our most favorite Linux innovations over the past year and had even earned the title of being one of the greatest Linux innovations of 2007. For more information on what DeviceVM's SplashTop is, check out our ASUS SplashTop motherboard preview that had jump-started this San Jose company.

SplashTop on the desktop is great, but on the mobile front it should be even better! For instance, when I am traveling, all I use on my notebook is just my web browser, e-mail client, FTP client, and an instant messenger. SplashTop can handle all of that (with the exception of an FTP client right now, but it should be coming). But when I am back in the office, I also need GCC, other development tools, and support for a printer and other hardware devices. Having SplashTop on a notebook would be terrific as it has what I need for when I am on the road, and would also be very convenient if I need to quickly fire up my notebook to get directions or check on a meeting time or even a near by restaurant. When I am back in the office, I can then switch to the traditional (Linux) OS.
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