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.
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.