ASUSTeK did not exactly fulfill those expectations from "Express Gate" after getting “closely tied up with Microsoft,” to borrow the company's very own words. We previously explained how Microsoft was fighting boot-level GNU/Linux. It has been a couple of months since we last wrote about it and a reader of this Web site reports based on the experiences of one shop.
“Has anyone seen Asus’ ‘Express Gate’,” he asked, later adding that “You have to have Windows to install it.”
Further he said: “If you want that ‘instant on’ option, there is only an XP or Vista installer. Nothing else. So, you can’t install this Splashtop, GNU/Linux based environment without Microsoft Windows installed. [...] there are only XP and Vista installers.
“Our company has started offering systems with the new Asus mobo’s with Express Gate. Auus has provided no way of installing it without Windows already installed. [...] It’s on the Asus utilities disk. You can’t install it without Windows installed first because Asus only provides a Windows installer.”
As pointed out before, ASUS had promised ‘Express Gate’ on all motherboard. Could that “closely tied up with Microsoft” thing have already changed the company’s strategy? █