Itty-Bitty, Teeny-Weeny Linux PCs

By Steven Vaughan-Nichols  |  Posted 2007-10-30 Email Print this article Print

Just how small can a Linux PC get? Really, really small.

Over at our sister site LinuxDevices, were always looking at small, embedded-Linux systems. While reviewing Freespire recently on a Mini koobox, an Apple Mini-sized system, I began to wonder, Just how small do full-featured, Linux-powered PCs come? When I say full-featured, dont mean Internet tablets, like the Nokia N800, or PDAs (personal digital assistants), such as Palms Foleo mobile companion. No, what I wanted to see were real desktops or laptops that I could fit into a coat pocket. Heres what I found.
The Mini koobox comes in at 6.5 by 6.5 by 2 inches and weighs 3.0 pounds. Mine sits right next to my older-model 1.42GHz PowerPC Mac mini, and while the color schemes are different, they could otherwise be identical twins.
Is Linux losing market share to Windows? Find out here. The koobox has an Intel Celeron-M 370 1.5GHz processor and 512MB of DDR2 RAM. To store data, it has a 5,400-rpm 40GB hard drive and a slip-in slot for the combo CD/RW and DVD drive. The box also includes on-board 10/100M-bps Ethernet, a pair of USB 2.0 ports and a single IEEE 1394 (Firewire) port. For audio it includes standard RCA speaker-out and microphone-in ports.
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Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols is editor at large for Ziff Davis Enterprise. Prior to becoming a technology journalist, Vaughan-Nichols worked at NASA and the Department of Defense on numerous major technological projects. Since then, he's focused on covering the technology and business issues that make a real difference to the people in the industry.

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