Inexpensive Linux PC for Home Office and Business
You have probably been seeing a lot of the promotions out there lately for Linux systems under $300 dollars. It seems like a lot of businesses have been catching on to the latest trends in computers and are trying to create more offerings for their customers.
Companies like Walmart, and Sears are now offering cheap Linux desktops to appeal to families with smaller budgets, that can’t afford an expensive computer system just for home use.
Recently I came across two great Linux PCs on CPU Solutions that offer amazing value and quality at a very competitive price. Both of these systems are SFF (Small Form Factor) PCs that utilize some of the best hardware for micro computing.
The systems were design around the Intel D945GCLF Mini ITX motherboard which comes integrated with the 45nm Intel ATOM Processor running a 1.6Ghz.
These energy efficient motherboards utilize the Intel 945GC Express Chipset to provide great video performance, high quality audio and 10/100 ethernet all onboard eliminating the need for expensive peripherals that should come standard with a computer system.
The computers also come configured with 512mb of DDR2 memory, and a SATA (Serial ATA) hard drive for high speed data access and storage.
Each system comes preconfigured with a low profile case that barely makes a foot print in work areas providing you with more desk space. Users are given a lot of options for customization on these systems and can configure different hardware setups to meet their exact specifications.
I recently had a chance to demo the “MITX Linux System” which is competitively priced at $299.99, and I was very impressed with the performance and quality on such an inexpensive system.
The first thing I would like to point out is how well these systems run Kubuntu and different software applications for Linux. I was a bit skeptical with the ATOM processor before I had a chance to use it as I am mainly a Windows user and I am use to the high performance demands set by Microsoft.
The operating system loaded amazingly fast and seemed to respond instantly with any of the programs I was testing. The 512mb of DDR2 memory was more than enough for anything I was running on the system under Linux, and provided great performance for office and multimedia tasks. This is a major difference than the performance I experience with my home PC which is running Windows XP Pro.
The thing that was most impressive with the MITX Linux System was the quality of the 945GC Chipset when it came to onboard functions. I am a gamer at heart and love playing older titles and classic games. I decided to test the system with Mupen64, a Nintedo64 emulator for Linux to see if I could use the PC as a Linux Gaming System.
As soon as I had everything setup I loaded one of my all time favorite games for the Nintendo64… Zelda: The Ocarina of Time. It looked beautiful! This was truly a sub $300 Linux system that I could enjoy gaming on.
The system also performed exceptionally for basic functions like word processing, email, internet, music, and movies. Everything you would expect from a $600 dollar Windows system at half the price.
Overall I am highly impressed with what companies have been able to do by utilizing some of the latest computer hardware, and open source operating systems like Kubuntu and other flavors of Linux.
I think these two systems are great examples of computers that offer amazing value to families and business while keeping the end user in mind.