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Debian powers sleek, two-pound mini-PC

Nov 5, 2007 — by Eric Brown — from the LinuxDevices Archive — 2 views

German Web retailer Manufactum has introduced a sleek, low power mini-PC that runs Debian Linux. The 450-Euro Manuscriptum is based on a 500MHz AMD Geode LX800, is equipped with an 80GB hard drive, and offers 1920 x 1400 graphics, according to the company.

(Click for larger view of the Manuscriptum mini-PC)

Manufactum is a vendor of high-end gift items ranging from housewares to toys, so it's not surprising that the Manuscriptum mini-PC sports a relatively high $650 price-tag.

The Manuscriptum has 4 USB ports, 2 on the back and 2 on the front

The Manuscriptum runs Debian Linux with a KDE desktop environment, according to the company. It also includes preinstalled versions of the OpenOffice office suite, Firefox Web browser, and Foxit PDF reader.

The Manuscriptum's enclosure

Key Manuscriptum specs include:

  • Processor — 500MHz AMD Geode LX800
  • Memory — 512MB DDR 400, expandable to 1024MB
  • Storage — 80GB hard drive (5400rpm, 12ms)
  • Graphics — 1920 x 1400 resolution VGA output
  • Ethernet — 2 x 10/100 Mbps
  • Other input/output ports:
    • 4 x USB 2.0
    • 2 x PS/2
    • 1 x serial
    • 3 x audio
  • Power — about 12W, passively cooled
  • Dimensions — 7.1 x 4.4 x 1.9 inches (180 x 112 x 48 mm)
  • Weight - 32 ounces (920 gm)


The Manuscriptum is available now for the price of 450 Euros (roughly $650), and can be purchased here. For those who prefer it, the Manuscriptum is also available with Windows XP.

[Thanks to Andreas Stockter for bringing this story to our attention.]

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