"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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