Splashtop, the embedded Linux OS previously featured on the Asus P5E3 Deluxe WiFi AP @n motherboard we reviewed late last year, featured under the brand, Express Gate, has been expanded to four new Asus motherboards. The updated (and more easily typed) P5E3 Premium also includes it, as well as new boards featuring a previously unannounced Nvidia integrated chipset - the Asus M3N-HT Deluxe/Mempipe, M2N-HT Deluxe/HDMI and M3N-H/HDMI are due mid-late January.
DeviceVM, the makers of Splashtop recently released its software under GPL, making it open source, so now any developer can make extra functionality for it. It's also updatable from Asus directly, but there's still only Skype and Firefox included out the box.
Given that it's now being featured with an IGP motherboard, hopefully we'll see someone develop a music or video player for it. This way Home Theatre enthusiasts to create a CE-like device with fast boot, but with a customised look and functionality.
"Splashtop is changing the way people use their computers, and we’re excited ASUS shares our vision of the way computing should be,
” said Mark Lee, CEO and co-founder of DeviceVM. “By the end of 2008 we expect most consumers to not only be asking for this technology on motherboards, desktops and laptops, but expecting it.”
It's potentially huge, but only if development is undertaken to expand it. Launching it on more inexpensive motherboards is certainly a start but the uptake and actual use of Splashtop by the mainstream consumer will be critical in the next six to twelve months for its eventual success.
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