[clug] looking for small PC

Anthony David adavid at adavid.com.au
Mon Feb 25 04:37:30 GMT 2008

Ian Matters wrote:
> Hi Bob,
> I recently purchased an NC-900 Mini-PC from Tekdis
> (http://tekdis.com.au/).

Hi Ian

Looks interesting, what was the price you paid?

> The machine arrived promptly and I proceeded to blow away the minimum
> install of Windows 2000 that was on it. The spec turned out to be
> slightly different to what I had been led to believe but it was still
> quite useful.
> Hard drive: setup as hdc reports as Hitachi Travelstar HTS424040M9AT00
> (40GB)
> RAM: 256KB total with 192MB available. Presumably the missing 64MB is
> used for graphics
> CPU: VIA Nehemiah operating at 733.447 MHz
> I first tried to install Ubuntu 8.04 server LTS (pre-release) followed
> by Ubuntu 6.06.1 server LTS. The installation went OK with each but I
> had problems at boot time with both of these. I expect that it was
> some sort of hardware-related issue which I didn't find in my
> eagerness to prove that machine would do the intended job.
> I finally settled on a Debian 4.0 r2 "Etch" Netinstall and that worked
> great.
> I now have it working with SSH, FTP, Apache2 (including https), Samba,
> Bind9, Netatalk, Telnet, POP3, IMAP and SMTP servers running. I
> swapped from Exim4 to Postfix which is my SMTP server of preference.
> The machine is totally quiet and runs comfortably warn. The HDD
> temperature reports as a little over 40C.
> You should be able to see it working at:
> http://matters.homelinux.net:8080/
> -- or --
> https://matters.homelinux.net:/
> I have since added an 8GB CompactFlash card for weekly backups of the
> system.
> Cheers, Ian
> -- 
> On 25/02/2008, at 10:37 AM, Robert Edwards wrote:
>> Wondering if any of the wise folk on this list can recommend a
>> locally available (Australia) small diskless PC, like a Zonbu
>> (we have a Zonbu, but it broke :-(
>> I was thinking of an EeePC or another Via EPIA based system,
>> but was wondering if anyone had tried and could recommend
>> anything else.
>> I need: VGA out, wired Ethernet (no need for wireless), USB
>> (for keyboard/mouse), Flash filesystem and runs Linux (or can
>> be persuaded to).
>> It's for a kiosk type application.
>> Cheers,
>> Bob Edwards.


Anthony David

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