Linux MintBox a Mini Linux Desktop

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Don’t have time to configure Linux onto your old Windows PC? Still struggling with device drivers and module compilations? Are you seeking an affordable, small and ready to use computer but not sure what is great for your browsing and email needs? Well Linux Mint might have an answer for you in the form of a mini computer, called MintBox.

The computer is not much larger than your standard wifi router. Infact, from a distance, it resembles a typical wifi router. But in reality it is a full fledged computer running the latest iteration of Linux Mint (currently in Version 15). It comes in two models Basic and Pro. The major difference between the two is the processor, RAM and GPUs. But otherwise, they are identical.

The Basic version boasts:

  • APU G-T40N (1.0 GHz dual core + Radeon HD 6290 – 9W)
  • 4GB (2GB DDR3 SODIMM x2)
  • HDD 250GB with Linux Mint
  • WiFi 802.11 b/g/n + BT 3
  • 4 USB FACE Module

The MintBox Pro specs are:

  • APU G-T56N (1.65 GHz dual core + Radeon HD 6320 – 18W)
  • ribbed case
  • 8GB (4GB DDR3 SODIMM x2)
  • HDD 250GB with Linux Mint
  • WiFi 802.11 b/g/n + BT 3
  • 4 USB FACE Module

LinuxMint is a derivative of Ubuntu Linux Operating System. Therefore, it supports thousands of preconfigured free softwares to use right out of the box. Applications like Firefox (browsing), LibreOffice (document editing) are pre-installed with the OS on the MintBox. And if something is missing, it can be downloaded from the software repository in a matter of minutes. The application will automatically install itself onto the hardware without much fuss. Cool beans!

To me, this is a perfect computer for browsing the web, emailing to friends and colleagues, document editing on the desk of a typical office. Most of our software applications are driven from the web anyways, including enterprise, so what’s the point of having a humongous power hungry desktop computer? It may not be that good for coding, gaming or streaming movies, but hey, not all of us want that from our PCs. The majority just wants a computer that works out of the box and never crashes on viruses or anything. This one fits the bill.

You can order a Linux MintBox for yourself from here. 10% of the sale proceeds go to support LinuxMint project.




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