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Greetings all. I'm entertaining the idea of making or purchasing a sys that is extremely small to use in my shop as a media server and occasional web browsing. I've ...
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    Lightbulb Suggestions for tiny sys ( smaller than ITX )


    Greetings all.

    I'm entertaining the idea of making or purchasing a sys that is extremely small to use in my shop as a media server and occasional web browsing. I've looked at some soc's that look promising but cannot find any links to actually purchase any or read further on them. The sys would have to have vga or hdmi out, usb's and ability to have ext-harddrive or large sd / microsd / sound out etc. But cpu / mem can / is built onboard.

    Anyone have any ideas or can point me in right direction.

    I would like to put on a decent linux version and not a tiny stripped down version. Basically a useable pc which is physically very small with low wattage and perhaps no active cooling requirements. I would hang an external drive off it.

    Thanks for any help

    jt

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    Welcome to the forums John, maybe a Raspberry Pi will fit the bill for your media player and only $25
    "I used to be with it, then they changed what it was.
    Now what was it isn't it, and what is it is weird and scary to me.
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    Have they caught up with orders so that you can actually get one?
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    I got notification of my inbound Pi from DHL yesterday...

    there's also...

    Via APC

    MK802

    Mele A1000

    BeagleBoard

    Cotton Candy

    Just found a good write-up of these and more that I read last week...

    Small Linux PCs overview - Raymii.org

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    Thanks everyone
    Not sure about the r-pi. Done extensive reading on it
    and although it "may" work as a media server,
    I'm not certain it's fast enough with enough memory to play around with it as a
    linux pc too. ( however, i've registered for notification to get the B ver as it's only
    $35.
    Thanks again
    jt

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    I think they must have produced another batch of them as mine has been shipped today, even though I ordered it on the day it came out. Hopefully it will be a first-generation model.

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    I would want the B model ( not sure which gen it is ) because of network and 2 usb's.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dymensia3d View Post
    I would want the B model ( not sure which gen it is ) because of network and 2 usb's.
    Model B is the first-generation model, and model A will come later and is the cheaper version. If you wait too long, the model B's will all be gone.

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    I wonder why they would go backward with a newer model ?
    jt

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    I received my Raspberry Pi today, and it's the model B version.

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