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5 Little Linux Computers

Jul 01, 2010, 16:34 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Paul Ferrill)

"This month we take a look at a number of small form factor PCs that either come with Linux or would make a perfect fit for your favorite Linux distro. Each of the computers mentioned takes up very little space, but all deliver plenty of computing performance to handle everything from basic web browsing to watching videos. They make nice little firewalls, basic file/web/print servers, and quiet, low-power media servers. All of these units typically consume a fraction of the power of a conventional desktop and less than many traditional laptops.

"Cost is a big factor when you compare the price tags to other machines. It's hard to justify spending $300 - $400 on a small form-factor PC as a desktop replacement when you can purchase a netbook for about the same price or less. The differences in performance and capabilities just don't justify the price differential. We'll take a look at some of those netbook offerings in a later roundup. For now, let's look at what's out there in the world of "little" computers.

"Linutop 3

"Little computers are all the rage and the Linutop 3 from France delivers small in both size and in power requirements. The Linutop 3 box measures about 23.5 cm square and 5.5 cm thick (9.25 inches by 2.17 inches). From a power perspective, the unit draws an energy efficient 20w."

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