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Asustek P5E3 Motherboard Features Embedded "Splashtop" Linux Variant

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If you are not familiar with it, Splashtop is a Linux variant that provides basic functionality like wired and wireless connectivity, Firefox, Skype and simple games. What's unique about the software is that it runs entirely in RAM. That means you don't have to wait for your computer to boot in order to surf or chat on the internet. With the release of the P5E3, Asustek has become the first manufacturer to implement Splashtop in a motherboard.


What does this mean for you? It could definitely be useful if you are extremely impatient or want to save a few bucks on your energy bill, but the fact that Splashtop can't save anything locally could prove problematic. However, future upgrades to the software could add this functionality—among other things. In the meantime, the specs on the P5E3 are worth checking out: Intel X38 chipset, DDR3 1800MHz dual-channel memory support, Dual PCI Express 2.0 x16 lanes, ASUS EPU (Energy Processing Unit) allows users to monitor and change CPU power supply, and 802.11n WiFi support. [Asus and Information Week]

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Shades of yesteryear! I remember back in the day when somebody (Was it HP?) came out with a laptop named the WinBook. (Substantially predating and a completely different thing from the WinBook *brand*, you understand.) That laptop had a copy of Windows for Workgroups 3.11 (I almost said WfW3.11, but then I realized there are probably enough wet-behind-the-ears types on here that wouldn't 'member back that far.) burned onto ROMs on the mobo.

It was absolutely thrilling to watch Windows completely boot in just a few seconds. I think it took about 10.

I wanted one of those things *so* bad but couldn't afford it. Nowadays, I'd still pay a hefty premium for a computer that booted in 10 seconds. I realize it'll never happen. The fact that all my computers use whole disk encryption inevitably prevents it. But if it weren't for that, I'd really love a machine that could boot fast, fast, fast.

This one is a nice compromise, though. The burned-in, lightweight dual-boot implemented in hardware is a cool idea and perfect for a quick "power-up and do a little something" when you have a spare minute.

Still, to me the holy grail is a full featured OS that boots in under 10 seconds. Anybody agree or am I out in left field, here?