updated 01:45 pm EST, Thu February 21, 2008
Linutop 2 mini-PC
French mini-PC vendor Linutop yesterday unveiled the Linutop 2, a more powerful version of its tiny Linux-based PC, offering faster internals, greater capacities, and an optional VESA mounting bracket. While the original is geared towards being a web surfing kiosk or digital sign computer, the Linutop 2 is designed primarily to be a home computer, according to LinuxDevices. Linutop is selling the model for 280 Euros (~$410US).
Doubling in weight, and consuming almost 8-watts of power, the slightly larger mini-PC adds a 500MHz AMD Geode LX800 processor, and doubles system memory, while including an internal 1GB Flash-based storage unit. Linutop rates the Geode processor as being equivalent to an 800MHz Pentium III.
The Linutop 2 consists of four USB 2.0 ports, with 10/100BaseT Ethernet, VGA, audio I/O, speakers, and an optional USB WiFi adapter. The VGA is capable of outputting resolutions reaching 1920 by 1440, while also supporting 2D graphic acceleration.
In terms of software, the Linutop 2 includes OpenOffice, Firefox, VLC, and several other utilities, pre-installed. The computer uses Xubuntu LiveCD, a modified version of Ubuntu Linux, which - when combined with the other included software - leaves users with 400MB of free space
Linutop says that the OS cannot be altered by viral attacks or accidental deletion of system files, and the OS is recovered to its initial state upon system