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  • ASUS Motherboard Ships With Embedded Linux, Web Browser

    Phoronix: ASUS Motherboard Ships With Embedded Linux, Web Browser

    The good folks over at ASUS have sent over the P5E3 Deluxe, which is based upon Intel's new X38 Chipset and continues in the usual ASUS fashion of pushing new (and often unexpected) innovations onto the motherboard. Without spoiling the review of this motherboard that will be published shortly, the ASUS P5E3 Deluxe is one of the most innovative motherboards we have seen to date and it packs one very exciting and unusual feature. Embedded onto the P5E3 Deluxe is a Linux environment that features a Firefox-rebranded web browser and the Skype VoIP client! Within five seconds of turning on this $360 USD gaming/enthusiast motherboard, you can be using Linux and surfing the Internet. On this motherboard the feature is known as ASUS Express Gate, which is powered by something called SplashTop. SplashTop is an instant-on Linux desktop being created by DeviceVM. SplashTop isn't even launching for a few more days (October 10), but in this article we have more details on this embedded Linux environment as well as screenshots and our thoughts with what will hopefully come next for this Linux environment.

    http://www.phoronix.com/vr.php?view=11186

  • eric.frederich
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    I'm just replying to this so that I can download a video. Apparently having just one post isn't enough.

    Originally posted by eric.frederich View Post
    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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  • Thetargos
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    Originally posted by remm View Post
    This needs additional development, obviously, but this is a very interesting capability. Probably not expensive to add, so it might well become a standard feature in motherboards.
    Most likely, ASUS offers defaults, which means a blinking and ad tingling Web.

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  • eric.frederich
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    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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  • Michael
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    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

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  • Michael
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    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.

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  • amrs
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    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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  • Michael
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    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.

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  • immudium
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    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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  • Michael
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    See: http://www.phoronix.com/scan.php?pag...item&px=NjEwNw

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