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Old 06-20-2011, 10:34 PM   #1
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Default Cheap options for a small Linux server/controller

I'm thinking of getting one of these and putting linux on it, http://cgi.ebay.ca/7-Mini-Laptop-Net...item2564b68195

Is it worth it?

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Old 06-21-2011, 12:48 AM   #2
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The NSLU2 that I'm running has less computing power overall and works great for automation tasks and serial input/output via the USB port. I can even successfully use X forwarding with it, though that's almost always a complete waste of resources.

This thread makes the dirt cheap netbook look like a lost cause, though:

http://www.linuxquestions.org/questi...8505-a-860783/

EDIT: Another thread makes it look possible, but quite frustrating:

http://www.linuxquestions.org/questi...rtbook-862482/

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I found this it might work http://www.fedora-netbook.com/index.php?p=1_21 if not i guess I could try to do it in WinCE, but not looking forward to it as I haven't done any programming since high school.

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For the same price, you could get a WRT54G router that will run Linux and is serial capable with a bit of tinkering. For twice the price, you can have a NSLU2 (again, some tinkering required, but less than with the router). For that same $100, you can get a SheevaPlug or GuruPlug that already has Ubuntu Linux installed. I'd spring for the SheevaPlug. The GuruPlug looks like it has a serious overheating issue.

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But then I would have to log into the system remotely, at least with el cheapo I don't have to use another comp and I'd be able to surf on it.

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Look for something like this $40 used PC laptop from a reputable seller:

http://cgi.ebay.com/Dell-D420-LAPTOP...ht_3370wt_1141

It will save you a lot of time and headaches as long as its not DOA.

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That one doesn't ship to canada. I found another netbook with android on it, shouldn't be hard to put Ubuntu or fedora on it. It's either a laptop/netbook or my kegging setup. I'll just have to wait a couple months for the kegging if I go netbook.

http://cgi.ebay.ca/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?...=STRK:MEWAX:IT

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You're going to have the same problems with that Android based netbook as the other one with Windows CE. They're the same basic architecture. Because you require a display, I highly recommend finding an x86-based used laptop that will ship to your area.

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I'll keep looking, hopefully I can find something decent.

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Is there any hope for moving a .Net control app onto a linux platform?.

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