[BLUG] How cheap can you build a box?
david.ernst at davidernst.net
Wed Oct 27 14:33:40 EDT 2010
General question, only tangentially linux related:
I was talking with a colleague about the possibility of building a
dedicated appliance for a certain application. They'd need to deploy
a number of them, so they'd like them to be inexpensive. It would use
a touch screen monitor, not necessarily have any networking, and not
need impressive computing power. I thought "my netbook could do it",
but then I thought, my netbook has all kind of things that we don't
need, like fold-up portability, a webcam, etc. And we definitely
wouldn't need the latest-greatest processor speed either. Although we
wouldn't want used equipment either...
So, the question basically comes down to: what's the cheapest system
you could buy/build that would
* run linux
* attach to a monitor
* have usb ports
We really wouldn't need a Hard Drive, a 16G SD card would be fine.
The simple, easy solution would be to get something like this:
so, if we can't significantly beat $380, there's no use. And that's
including the touchscreen monitor, which will be at least $100, so
with no monitor it's gotta be down well below $300, preferably below
$200. But, couldn't you get a motherboard, a not-super-fast CPU, some
kind of a case, and a USB Interface for less than that? Thoughts?
Another option is an iPad, or preferably a iPad-like Android device,
which seem to be "soon but not quite yet". Thoughts on those?
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