Friday, June 8, 2012

Fanless Linux Mint PC Goes on Sale

 A few weeks ago, I wrote about a new Linux Mint mini PC coming out. Now it is being officially announced. Two models of the MintBox are available: a basic version with less RAM and a slower CPU/GPU combo, and a faster ‘Pro’ model in a stylized case. Linux Mint has been working with computer manufacturer CompuLab since late last year to bring Linux Mint to market on a range of energy efficient and fanless devices. 

MintBoxes

These little machines are sold from CompuLab, as stated earlier. The MintBox is a rebranded version of CompuLab's Fit-PC3 line.

Standard features across the two models includes:
  • 250GB HDD
  • 8x USB ports (4 front-facing, 4 rear facing)
  • Dual-head display HDMI plus DisplayPort
  • Digital audio
  • Ethernet
  • WiFi and Bluetooth (with dual antennas)
  • 2 eSATA ports
  Here are the differences:
Mint Basic:
  • APU G-T40N (1.0 GHz dual core + Radeon HD 6290
  • 4GB RAM
  • Flat metal case
 Mint Pro:
  • APU G-T56N (1.65 GHz dual core + Radeon HD 6320
  • 8GB RAM
  • Ribbed metal case
What Mint Gets out of this
Even though the Mint PCs are not made by Mint, they do get a small cut from every purchase. They get a whopping 10% from every sale.

And this is not disappointing the Linux Mint team either.

“We’re passionate about what we do and for our very first Mint device, we wanted something unique, something special and extraordinary,” says Linux Mint lead Clement Lefebvre in his announcement.
 The Price
The MintBox Basic will set you back a cool $476 (excluding shipping costs, import duty & VAT). The ribbed ‘Pro’ model comes in a bit higher at $549 (excluding shipping costs, import duty & VAT). 
Compulab typically sell the devices direct to industry (hence their super-strong casings) so whilst the MintBox marks a change in target audience and availability, the price, comparatively, doesn’t.

More information, as well as order details, can be found on the Compulab website @ fit-pc.com/web/purchase/order-direct-mintbox/

Source: OMG! Ubuntu! 

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