Feeds

Linux Mint joins mini-PC hardware business

Smooth and ribbed minty boxes for your pleasure

High performance access to file storage

Linux Mint, flush with its recent popularity in the distro stakes, is looking to take the pain out of installation with its first hardware line, called mintBox, that comes in smooth and ribbed versions.

"We're passionate about what we do and for our very first Mint device, we wanted something unique, something special and extraordinary. The mintBox is Mint in a box. It's tiny, it's silent, it's extremely versatile and it comes packed with connectivity," said the group in a blog post.

mintBox

Smooth or ribbed for extra power (click to enlarge)

The dual-antenna boxes come in a $476 basic model with an AMD 1.0 GHz G-T40N processor, 250 GB of disk storage and 4GB of RAM, or buyers can double the RAM and get a 1.65 GHz G-T56N chip for the $549 Pro model. Both mintBoxes use fan-free metal cases, with the Pro version's being ribbed for extra heat dissipation.

Each system has an HDMI port and a DVI adapter, with eight USB slots (two of which are USB 3.0), an RS232 port, and two eSATA sockets, along with Gigabit Ethernet. Bluetooth is built-in, as is 802.11 b/g/n Wi-Fi.

mintbox size

For those who like their high-tech titchy

Open source enthusiasts, who are almost by definition interested in fiddling about in the guts of technology, will be happy to know that the memory and hard drive are positioned to allow easy replacement, including with SSD kit. While the processor isn't upgradable, there's no doubt plenty of overclocking can be done if heat issues can be sorted.

Linux Mint is pitching the devices at corporates, the education sector, and internet cafes. It's also not the only company eyeing those markets – Google and Samsung announced a Chrome OS box going for the same dollar last month.

Of course, Linux Mint isn't making the boxes themselves. Production has been outsourced to Israeli manufacturer CompuLab, which is using the fit-PC3 model and preloading Linux Mint 13 Cinnamon, with version 12 with MATE 1.2 and XBMC also available. Of the sales price, 10 per cent goes to Linux Mint. ®

High performance access to file storage

More from The Register

next story
Report: Apple seeking to raise iPhone 6 price by a HUNDRED BUCKS
'Well, that 5c experiment didn't go so well – let's try the other direction'
Microsoft lobs pre-release Windows Phone 8.1 at devs who dare
App makers can load it before anyone else, but if they do they're stuck with it
Zucker punched: Google gobbles Facebook-wooed Titan Aerospace
Up, up and away in my beautiful balloon flying broadband-bot
Nvidia gamers hit trifecta with driver, optimizer, and mobile upgrades
Li'l Shield moves up to Android 4.4.2 KitKat, GameStream comes to notebooks
AMD unveils Godzilla's graphics card – 'the world's fastest, period'
The Radeon R9 295X2: Water-cooled, 5,632 stream processors, 11.5TFLOPS
Sony battery recall as VAIO goes out with a bang, not a whimper
The perils of having Panasonic as a partner
NORKS' own smartmobe pegged as Chinese landfill Android
Fake kit in the hermit kingdom? That's just Kim Jong-un-believable!
Gimme a high S5: Samsung Galaxy S5 puts substance over style
Biometrics and kid-friendly mode in back-to-basics blockbuster
prev story

Whitepapers

Mainstay ROI - Does application security pay?
In this whitepaper learn how you and your enterprise might benefit from better software security.
Five 3D headsets to be won!
We were so impressed by the Durovis Dive headset we’ve asked the company to give some away to Reg readers.
3 Big data security analytics techniques
Applying these Big Data security analytics techniques can help you make your business safer by detecting attacks early, before significant damage is done.
The benefits of software based PBX
Why you should break free from your proprietary PBX and how to leverage your existing server hardware.
Mobile application security study
Download this report to see the alarming realities regarding the sheer number of applications vulnerable to attack, as well as the most common and easily addressable vulnerability errors.