[BLUG] How cheap can you build a box?
cjcolvar at indiana.edu
Thu Oct 28 09:21:21 EDT 2010
You might also check out mini-ITX motherboards and related systems. I
built a computer over 5 years ago with one of these mother boards for
~$300 in a Gentoo Cafe Press lunchbox.
On 10/27/2010 03:00 PM, Mark Krenz wrote:
> Perhaps a Beagle Board would be an option:
> I think its a bit more than $200 to build a whole system with a holding
> case. But they are small and good for what you described.
> On Wed, Oct 27, 2010 at 06:33:40PM GMT, David Ernst [david.ernst at davidernst.net] said the following:
>> 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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