Acer Ubuntu nettop to get quiet storage switch
First units with SSD, rest with HDD
Acer's Nvidia Ion-based micro desktop PC, Revo, will go on sale in the UK on 5 May, with Ubuntu Linux among the available operating systems.
Open source software fans shouldn't rush to the shops, though - Acer expects to tweak the Ubuntu machine's spec very shortly after release.
Acer's Revo: SSD on board... for now
The £149 nettop incorporates a 1.6GHz Intel Atom 230 processor backed by 1GB of DDR 2 memory and Nvidia's GeForce 9400M integrated graphics chipset - essentially the same one found in all the recent Apple MacBook releases - to give it the welly it needs - and other nettops lack - to play full HD content flawlessly.
While the Linux machine comes with an 8GB SSD, two other versions, both running Windows Vista Home Premium, are equipped with 160GB 3Gb/s Sata hard drives.
However, an Acer staffer told Register Hardware the 8GB SSD will be replaced with a 160GB HDD once the initial stock of 8GB machines has been sold. The HDD-fitted Linux boxes will also be priced at £149, he said.
The Windows machines are priced at £249 and £299, respectively. Both come with 2GB of memory on two Dimms in a dual-channel configuration. The pricier model with bundle a WiiMote-style wireless games controller that can be changed from a baton shape to a pistol look with a twist of the two ends.
All Revos sport four USB 2.0 ports, integrated 802.11b/g Wi-Fi, Gigabit Ethernet, a four-in-one memory card reader, VGA, HDMI 1.3 and eSata connectors. They will ship with a desktop stand and a Vesa monitor mounting kit. ®
Mythbuntu? Try Minimyth
This little box is going to replace my old diskless Mini ITX box.
Minimyth is built solely around the Myth frontend, boots across the network and uses no local storage on the client machine.
What I would love would be if it would be possible to pair this with a RF/Bluetooth remote and trigger a power on via the remote button (something I've thus far failed with the Mini ITX).
£149, job's a good 'un. :)
I'll be buying one to use as my 24/7 machine and resigning the faithful tower for heftier stuff. About time we got a computer for the recession.
Makes sense at that price as a replacement for a more power-hungry 24/7 machine - it'll only take a year or so to pay for itself in terms of electricity bills.
Might get one for my dad, too.. he's a pretty simple user prone to wrecking PCs by installing everything off of dozens of computer magazine/ newspaper CDs without knowing what they are and never removing them. And that's without access to the internet... Linux should curb a few excesses, it's a good "save people from themselves" OS.
Re: Still Made in Taiwan
No way it is going in your living room? Does it matter what it looks like when it is this small. You can either use the VESA mounting on your TV to mount it on the back of your TV, or if your TV is mounted on the wall, stick the Revo somewhere else it won't be seen