Asus motherboard runs embedded linux
So you think your computer boots quickly? The newly-released Asus P5E3 Deluxe motherboard includes embedded Linux that can be booted in under five seconds. The embedded operating system also includes a stripped down Firefox browser and Skype, so within seconds of booting you can be on the Internet.
Phoronix reports that the feature is called Asus Express Gate which is based on a new instant-on Linux desktop tool due for release later this week called SplashTop.
According to Phoronix the desktop is well thought out and is not just a hacked together job:
"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."
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