I was playing with a system today that had a VIA EPIA-M10000 motherboard in it. It's a 1GHz VIA C3 processor surrounded by loads of connectivity—Ethernet, USB, FireWire, plus other goodies like S-Video and S/P-DIF output. Well, except that it only has one DDR SDRAM slot and one PCI slot. That's what you get with Mini-ITX (roughly 6" by 6" in size), but hey.
Anyway, the system was pretty snappy running RedHat 9.0, and it handled the OpenGL XScreenSaver hacks pretty well. The board basically lets you build your own thin client box at a reasonable price. $150 for a motherboard and CPU isn't too bad. You could build a nice tiny desktop for $400 (or less if 1GHz is too fast for you ;-)Posted by mike at September 16, 2003 11:06 PM | Hardware , MythTV , Software | TrackBack