Re: free software mini pc
email@example.com wrote at 2012-02-12 08:28 -0600:
But I'm curious about the original query- what's the need for such an
Reason 1: no cleaning. A system with a fan requires cleaning. Frequency
of cleaning depends on the environment. The desktop that this will replace
is in a somewhat dusty environment.
To expand on the OP's reply:
If the unit is fan-less, it may also be a sealed unit.
Consider the case of humid &/or corrosive atmosphere.
Back in the 70's DEC had an enclosure for the LSI-11
irreverently dubbed the "Hitachi".
Five sides were cast aluminum with large fins o get rid of
~100 watts of heat. The sixth side was a heavily gasketed
piece of cast aluminum. Internally it was not fanless, but
it was definitely sealed against external nastiness ;/ IIRC
it was intended for industrial environments including
Reason 2: I have seen (slightly) more fans fail than hard disks. So this
second reason suggests that a fanless system is slightly lower maintenance in
the long term.
Reason 3: yeah, noise. Really this is not a big deal, but quietness is nice.