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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
> unacceptable.

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

6xUSB2, 4xUSB3.

> - 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
ath9k driver.

> - >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).


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