Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sun 9th Sep 2012 21:48 UTC, submitted by Boomshiki
Hardware, Embedded Systems "We've seen a profusion of relatively low-cost PCs and tablets over the last few years, but Taiwanese electronics company Via's APC is cheap even by these standards: it's a $49 low-power desktop computer running a modified version of Android 2.3. Announced today, the APC is meant as a simple way to connect to the internet, so you won't get a great deal of computing power. It contains an 800MHz processor, 512MB of DDR3 memory, 2GB of flash storage, and can connect to a monitor or TV to output a resolution of up to 720p. It also consumes a fraction of a standard desktop's power: 13.5 watts at maximum and only 4 watts when idle."
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Sounds like a pretty fine Linux machine!

When my Linux PC started to become too slow for comfort I'd switch to the CLI programs for mail, usenet, irc.

A few days ago I dusted off one of those machines and updated it to the latest Debian. It has no GUI, but it ran very fine. I remember when it did have a GUI I couldn't play Flash stuff, it would stutter all the time. So I swapped the 350 Mhz Pentium II for a 400 Mhz one and it ran fine!

It's a VERY large desktop, but that's cool: 2 screws you could remove using your hands you could lift the cover and you could easily get to anything and it had a number of extension slots/bays.

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