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Re: MOVE over, Mac Mini -- MiniPC runs Linux

__/ [Thomas Wootten] on Wednesday 02 November 2005 10:44 \__

> Roy Schestowitz wrote:
>> __/ [Au79] on Wednesday 02 November 2005 05:44 \__
>>> Linux News - USA
>>> A Taiwanese systems integrator is readying a tiny Linux-powered PC
>>> likely to make even Mac Mini owners envious.
>>> <http://www.linuxdevices.com/news/NS8464432110.html>
>> <snip>
>>     The A-Open MiniPC will ship this month in the US through TigerDirect,
>>     with prices starting at $399, including the Linspire operating system.
>>     A $499 version running WIndows XP will also be available. The Pentium
>>     M version is likely to have a street price in the US of about $600.
>> </snip>
>> So, it was indeed made cheaper to go with Linux (sadly, not all vendors do
>> this). I got my recent SuSE Celeron for just $350 or so, but admittedly
>> the device above looks neater. Then again, it is less flexible, namely
>> hard to upgrade, has fewer ports, probably excludes all peripherals.
>> Overall, it's a nice little device, which to me is worth keeping an eye
>> on.
>> Need I say something about the design though? Need I say anything about
>> the obscene resemblance to the Mac Mini. An Asian company has already
>> gotten itself in trouble for imitating the design and function of the iPod
>> Shuffle. Here is one among several:
>> http://www.makezine.com/blog/archive/2005/06/review_super_ta_1.html
>> Prepare for a frantic Steve Jobs...
>> Roy
> It is too Mac Mini-ish, probably close enough to be a violation of any
> design patents.

The Mac is a little 'cleaner' <
http://www.linuxdevices.com/files/misc/minipcmac-front-sm.jpg >, but I think
I like that power button at the front.

"...But, your honour, can you not see we have design a truly distinct piece
of hardware? Look. Button!..."

> Even smaller, although not as good
> http://damnsmalllinux.org/store/Mini_ITX_Systems/Damn_Small_Machine

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