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Chris Cardell

Asus gives Linux another boost

Asus has announced that it will be embedding a lightweight, instant-on distribution of Linux named Splashtop onto all of its motherboards. Asus is a company that listens to its community, after overwhelming positive feedback from its customers they decided to go ahead and will be integrating Splashtop onto over one million motherboards every month.

Over at the Splashtop blog,

This is obviously a big deal to us and everyone involved in DeviceVM. An incredible amount of hard work, patience and perseverance is paying off. To think that 1 million motherboard purchasers a month are going to get our environment is thrilling. Millions of people getting to their favorite web applications seconds after hitting the power button. This is what the team has worked so hard to provide.

This is clearly a great opportunity for everyone at Splashtop, I am sure its the break they have been waiting for.

So what will be the advantages of having Splashtop on your motherboard? Maybe you have just switched off your computer and realise that you have forgot to check the latest from DoesWhat, instead of waiting 5 minutes for Vista to boot up, instead boot into Splashtop and open up Splashtop web browser in around 10 seconds.

This should also benefit laptop users, with its lower power consumption you could carry out simple tasks at speed while on the move saving battery at the same time.

This all sounds very promising for Asus, Splashtop and not to mention the Linux community.

This entry was posted on Monday, May 19th, 2008 at 12:01 pm GMT. You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0 feed. You can leave a response, or trackback from your own site.



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  • linux guru

    seems like a good move for asus, i wouldn’t be surprised if other motherboard manufacturers start to follow in their footsteps.

  • http://doeswhat.com/forum/memberlist.php?mode=viewprofile&u=59 blingit

    not surprised it was asus who did this.

  • http://gizmo.coded.name/ Ananthan Sivalinggam

    Wow this is a good news to all Linux Users :)

  • Keshavaya

    This may not be revelant but i figured i’d post this anyway. If you’re using ubuntu 8.10 you may be in for some issues with the network manager. For some unknown reason it stops functioning. You will need to manually set you’re resolv.conf with your ISP’s DNS servers. That file is located in /etc/network/resolv.conf

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