DeviceVM, the award-winning developer of Splashtop™, today announced the proliferation of their innovative software across four new models of ASUS motherboards. ASUS, the leading worldwide motherboard, components and notebook manufacturer, has integrated Splashtop onto the new P5Q family of products, bringing their offering of Splashtop-enabled motherboards to a total of twelve. The new models are: P5Q Deluxe, P5Q-WS, P5Q3 Deluxe, and P5Q-E.
"We are excited to have expanded our partnership with ASUS across many product lines," says Mark Lee, co-founder and CEO of DeviceVM. "ASUS is not only a leading innovator in computer hardware, but is actively improving the entire PC consumer experience through software. We are excited to jointly drive the market innovation with ASUS."
The technology, branded Express Gate by ASUS, will mean that users will be able to boot up their systems in a matter of a few seconds and have access to the Internet, VoIP, and Web-based emailing without having to boot up into Windows (or another Linux-based distro installed onto the hard drive).
A fast, secure OS that I can boot into quickly and be able to access the web? Now that sounds like a great idea to me, and something that would be useful. What would make this feature really useful would be to see its inclusion on notebooks, so users can choose whether they want to boot into the Splashtop environment, or into a fully-blown OS.
This ASUS deal sounds like a pretty big victory for Linux to me as it could put Linux in front of a LOT of potential users. Whether people use it though is another thing.