Re: free software mini pc
> I need a fanless mini PC; it will run Debian. It will be used in a
> production environment. I need good Linux support to facilitate fast
> deployment and low maintenance. Avoiding non-free software really helps in
> that regard, so I consider non-free firmware barely tolerable, while
> out-of-tree kernel modules and things like ndiswrapper are definitely
FWIW, I just got a Zotac Fusion mini-ITX board.
>From what I can tell, all the hardware is fully supported by stock
Debian testing, with the only non-free package I needed is the
firmware-linux-nonfree needed for the GPU to work (using the `radeon'
Free Software driver).
> The other requirements:
> - ≥800 MHz processor speed (for x86, or equivalent for another architecture)
> - ≥1 GB memory
> - VGA (possibly using an adapter)
VGA via adapter (HDMI, DVI, and DisplayPort available without adapters).
> - ≥2 USB connectors
> - audio, including a microphone port
> - 1 ethernet port
> - wireless: 802.11bg (PCI, PCIe, or etc, NOT external dongle; n is optional)
It's an Atheros 11n half-height mini-pcie card, supported by the
> - >25 GB flash memory (on-board, mSATA, SATA with 2.5 inch mount, or etc.)
That would come separate from the motherboard. But any standard
mini-ITX case would be able to fit a 2.5 SSD.
> - no fans
It's definitely fanless.
I haven't yet measured the power consumption, but clearly it'll be
higher than the fit-pc3's (which is otherwise very similar).