ASUS P5E3 Deluxe Includes Linux

Discussion in 'Motherboards' started by Rob Williams, Oct 9, 2007.

  1. Rob Williams

    Rob Williams Editor-in-Chief Staff Member Moderator

    Jan 12, 2005
    Atlantic Canada
    From our front-page news:
    ASUS has a track record of releasing great products with well-thought-out features, but here's a completely new one. As Phoronix has found out first-hand, the new ASUS P5E3 Deluxe WiFi-AP motherboard offers a pre-loaded version of Linux, which I assume would run off a separate flash chip somewhere on the board.

    Because this is all on-board, it boots in mere seconds. Once in, you can browse the web via WiFi or wired connection, or even talk on Skype. As Michael found out, there are a few ways that it could be improved even further, such as by allowing the mounting of external storage. Even without that, this is one cool feature.

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    At first when hearing about this Express Gate feature, we figured it was just some small feature being worked on by a couple ASUS engineers. When powering up the motherboard, we assumed you would just hit a key sequence and enter a quickly thrown together Linux environment that featured a basic web browser. Well, much to our surprise this was actually a finely crafted Linux desktop environment.

    Source: Phoronix
  2. NicePants42

    NicePants42 Partition Master

    Mar 6, 2007
    I'm pretty impressed with how nice that on-board browser is looking, however I don't think that an enthusiast board is the best place for it - the only time I could imagine using that browser is if the rig went down and I had to order something on-line.

    I would think that a feature like this could kick truckloads of ass on a SFF board with integrated video - ever wanted to make a teeny-tiny low power web browsing box? Wouldn't it be nice not to need a HDD or an OS? I think that's where this feature is headed.

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