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Ubuntu-ready Dell desktop looks like a nettop

Dec 11, 2009, 22:03 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Eric Brown)

"We don't typically cover PC desktops larger than a netbook or nettop, but not only is a Linux-ready PC fairly newsworthy, even for Ubuntu supporter Dell, but the compact, power-efficient OptiPlex 780 USFF model points to the narrowing gap between PCs and embedded devices. In fact, the USFF offers a nettop size, but with desktop features such as an Intel Core 2 Duo processor.

"Dell actually announced four OptiPlex 780 models, including mini-tower, desktop, small form factor, and ultra small form factor (USFF) versions, as pictured above, but the latter is the one that is being touted as a breakthrough in PC performance/size ratio. The computer measures 9.4 x 2.6 x 9.3 inches and weighs seven pounds, compared to the Intel Atom-based ZaReason Ion Breeze 3770 nettop, which measures 10.4 x 9.0 x 4.4 inches, or the Atom-based Shuttle X270V nettop, which measures 9.85 x 7.3 x 2.75 inches, just to name two recent Linux-ready examples."

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