[conspire] Re: conspire Digest, Vol 19, Issue 11
rossbernheim at speakeasy.net
Sat Dec 18 19:39:00 PST 2004
On Saturday, December 18, 2004, at 05:35 PM,
conspire-request at linuxmafia.com wrote:
> Is anyone here into the Mini-ITX game?
> o Some Cabalists or linux-consultants folks seem to like Leadman.
> For what? For their cases or for their motherboards? Their prices
> don't seem exceptionally good, at first glance.
> o Is any one VIA motherboard preferred over another, for Linux?
> I envision using a couple of these as mobile development plat-
> forms, perhaps taking and leaving one overnight at a client site
> (rather than schlep to and from work every day) where I can use it
> as an X terminal and as personal file storage and possibly also as
> emulation host, using VMware.
> I also like the idea of having a couple of small (not too
> hungry) boxes on hand that don't take up much space that I can e.g.
> try out Solaris 10 or NetBSD 2.0 or some other flavor of Linux on.
> o Are there any preferred cube-style case manufacturers?
> I like the cube-style cases such as Leadman's:
> Casetronic 2215 Mini-ITX Aluminum Cube Case
> because I needn't use half-height cards, slim CD/DVD-ROM drives, or
> other than full-size hard disks. Also, I hold a bit of skepticism
> about the really low-profile boxes, worrying that there's not
> clearance and air circulation to keep the components cool enough,
> over their lifetime.
I just put together a Shuttle based system with one of their
combinations and an Ahtelon 64 3000+. I added a half gig of ram and an
inexpensive video card, ATI, as well as a DVD ROM reader/CD writer and a
hard disk drive. I was quite impressed with the attention to detail in
The cpu cooling uses a heat pipe to bring the heat up off the
motherboard on the
bottom of the case to a large finned heat sink and a large temperature
quiet fan. Boots Knotix from the CD fine. I am going to install Kanotix
on a series
of partitions beyond the main Windows XP partition using Grub as the
I assembled the system at home and took it in to work the other day and
brought it home the other night to install linux. It is very small and
transport. I could get a travel case for it if I were moving it around
on a regular
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