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$100 Linux Wall-Wart Now Available

kdawson posted more than 5 years ago | from the not-to-be-confused-with-wal-mart dept.

Hardware Hacking 464

nerdyH sends us to LinuxDevices for a description of a tiny Linux device called the Marvell SheevaPlug. "A $100 Linux wall wart could do to servers what netbooks did to notebooks. With the Marvell SheevaPlug, you get a completely open (hardware and software) Linux server resembling a typical wall-wart power adapter, but running Linux on a 1.2GHz CPU, with 512MB of RAM, and 512MB of Flash. I/O includes USB 2.0, gigabit Ethernet, while expansion is provided via an SDIO slot. The power draw is a nightlight-like 5 Watts. Marvell says it plans to give Linux developers everything they need to deliver 'disruptive' services on the device." The article links four products built on the SheevaPlug, none of them shipping quite yet. The development kit is available from Marvell.

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Did anyone else read this as (5, Funny)

nebaz (453974) | more than 5 years ago | (#26973715)

$100 Linux Wall-Mart now available? That would be cool.

Re:Did anyone else read this as (1)

Aladrin (926209) | more than 5 years ago | (#26973785)

Yeah, I was wondering what in the hell it was. -sigh- End of a long day.

Re:Did anyone else read this as (5, Funny)

gEvil (beta) (945888) | more than 5 years ago | (#26973857)

No way man. I only buy in bulk. I'm not gonna get excited until I can get a $100 Sam's Club.

Yes, but ... (0, Troll)

morgan_greywolf (835522) | more than 5 years ago | (#26974017)

... will it run Linux?

Re:Did anyone else read this as (5, Funny)

mcgrew (92797) | more than 5 years ago | (#26974043)

I hope they sell them at Wal-mart. A Wal-mart Wall-Wart would be cool!

Imagine a beowolf cluster of OW!! OW!! STOP HITTING ME!!!

Re:Did anyone else read this as (5, Funny)

cthulu_mt (1124113) | more than 5 years ago | (#26974385)

I imagine hitting you all the time.

Re:Did anyone else read this as (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#26974165)

Considering there shouldn't have been a hyphen I'm not entirely to blame for miss reading it.

Re:Did anyone else read this as (1)

uberjack (1311219) | more than 5 years ago | (#26974227)

It says "Wall-Mart", meaning it's just a cheap Korean knockoff superstore. Like a Sorny, or a Magnetbox

Re:Did anyone else read this as (1)

Jimmy King (828214) | more than 5 years ago | (#26974231)

yeah, it took several tries before I read it as wall-wart.

Wall-Mart? (-1, Redundant)

joetheappleguy (865543) | more than 5 years ago | (#26973739)

Why do I keep reading that as Wall-Mart?

I'll tell you why... (5, Interesting)

NotQuiteReal (608241) | more than 5 years ago | (#26973815)

Bseacue, evoneyre kwons taht you olny need to hvae the fisrt and lsat leettr rghit to be readlbae. I secsupt you see Wal-Mrat in prnit mroe oeftn tahn Wlal-Wrat.

Re:I'll tell you why... (3, Funny)

commodore64_love (1445365) | more than 5 years ago | (#26973993)

I didn't understand a thing you said.

Copreehenshon is impotent too.

Re:I'll tell you why... (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#26974003)

Your a stupid nigger. Go cut your own throat you cock sucker.

Re:I'll tell you why... (5, Funny)

easyTree (1042254) | more than 5 years ago | (#26974297)

It's always heartening when someone can't sling an insult correctly due to their own ignorance...

It's You're a stupid nigger... (the apostrophe indicates dropped letters [wikipedia.org] .

For what it's worth I usually see this type of comment from someone who's trying to suppress homosexual urges involving dark-brown penises....

Re:I'll tell you why... (1)

the_humeister (922869) | more than 5 years ago | (#26974311)

Of course, that only works if you're literate to begin with.

Re:Wall-Mart? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#26973827)

I'll start shopping at Wall-Mart if they start selling stores for $100.

Re:Wall-Mart? (4, Funny)

genner (694963) | more than 5 years ago | (#26973897)

Why do I keep reading that as Wall-Mart?

Because they got to you.

Re:Wall-Mart? (3, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#26973979)

That's funny; I see Wall-fnordWart.

Re:Wall-Mart? (2, Funny)

easyTree (1042254) | more than 5 years ago | (#26974347)

That's just weird.

It clearly reads "fnord-fnord-wall-fnord-mart-fnord."

oB (1)

Mipoti Gusundar (1028156) | more than 5 years ago | (#26973749)

Is it running a linux?

Ethernet (3, Interesting)

dmomo (256005) | more than 5 years ago | (#26973761)

Is it possible to also have the ethernet for this device go over the power lines like so many home networking devices? Then you could literally plug it and and have it running.

Re:Ethernet (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#26973771)

Is it possible to also have the ethernet for this device go over the power lines like so many home networking devices? Then you could literally plug it and and have it running.

Yes.

Re:Ethernet (4, Interesting)

dgatwood (11270) | more than 5 years ago | (#26973879)

Agreed. Either it needs BPL or it needs Wi-Fi. Most people don't put an ethernet jack wherever they have a power connection, making this somewhat less than ideal for home automation purposes. I'd also like to see it have a relay to switch on and off a power outlet, but maybe that's just me.

Either way, it's a cool little piece of hardware. I'm just not quite sure what I could use it for. It's too underpowered for video encoding/decoding, has no power switching capabilities needed for it to control lights, doesn't have the CPU power to replace my web server (a C2D takes several seconds to render an image with dcraw; this would take several minutes), etc. Maybe coupled with some outboard piece of USB gear, it might serve some obscure purpose like controlling a motor to open and close window shades/awnings for solar heating purposes, but it would still have to be enclosed in some sort of box to safely mount it outdoors....

I'll keep thinking. :-)

Re:Ethernet (3, Insightful)

Bertie (87778) | more than 5 years ago | (#26973905)

Torrents!

Re:Ethernet (1)

EvanED (569694) | more than 5 years ago | (#26974081)

I've been thinking that when I get out of grad school and get a job and a house, I want to plop a server box in the basement somewhere, and just scatter terminals running VLC or something similar around the house. I would think the Jack PC [chippc.com] would be great for this, but the wall-wart in this article would be pretty good. Maybe have a separate gaming computer hooked up to the TV or something like that.

Re:Ethernet (4, Informative)

sowth (748135) | more than 5 years ago | (#26974101)

Are you kidding? Not enough CPU power? 1.2 GHz is enough for me to do raytracing!

Anyway, if you are going to do video encoding and translate your camera's pics from raw, it is not as if you need to sit and watch it. Just let the device run and do the work. 5 Watts isn't that much.

Kids these days.

Re:Ethernet (1)

lazy_playboy (236084) | more than 5 years ago | (#26974397)

My home server is a C3 900Mhz with 256MB ram. And it enjoys encoding a DVD as a day's work.

Kids these days indeed.

Re:Ethernet (4, Informative)

charlesnw (843045) | more than 5 years ago | (#26974189)

I'm glad it doesn't have built in wifi. I'll simply attach an Atheros USB dongle with SMA connector and high gain antenna. Instant very high powered access point/storage system.

Re:Ethernet (1)

morgan_greywolf (835522) | more than 5 years ago | (#26974233)

I'm just not quite sure what I could use it for. It's too underpowered for video encoding/decoding,

Actually, audio and standard-def video playback and recording and streaming would probably be quite acceptable on a 1.2GHz CPU as long as it wasn't doing anything else. Small flash-based PVR? Small flash-based VOD streaming server for one TV? Internet radio?

With the built-in gigabit Ethernet and USB, with some good software in place you could probably turn the thing into a 'smart' network adapter that includes a built-in packet filtering firewall. If you could add a NIC or two, it could become a router.

1.2Ghz is more than fast enough to run some of the older console and arcade games under mame/xmame/etc.

Re:Ethernet (5, Interesting)

hattig (47930) | more than 5 years ago | (#26973973)

The obvious real solution is Power over Ethernet.

1 PoE capable switch.
+ 8 Wallwart Linux Devices
= 1 (not quite enterprise level) Server Farm in a shoe-box

Re:(not quite enterprise level) (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#26974065)

ROTFL

Re:Ethernet (1)

Danathar (267989) | more than 5 years ago | (#26974153)

You would need two. I hate to break it to you but just plugging into into the powerline all by itself does not make it a networking device....

Re:Ethernet (3, Interesting)

Lord Ender (156273) | more than 5 years ago | (#26974271)

In the era of 802.11N, that is a retarded idea.

Re:Ethernet (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#26974383)

So many home networking devices? Really? Where are you finding these?

How much for a multi-ethernet-port version? (5, Insightful)

davidwr (791652) | more than 5 years ago | (#26973763)

This would be cool for a pocket-sized router, firewall, packet sniffer, etc.

Re:How much for a multi-ethernet-port version? (1, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#26973843)

I was thinking of an 8-port Belkin powerstrip full of these.

Re:How much for a multi-ethernet-port version? (1)

russ1337 (938915) | more than 5 years ago | (#26974175)

I was thinking of an 8-port Belkin powerstrip full of these.

in a beowulf cluster.....

Re:How much for a multi-ethernet-port version? (1)

cgenman (325138) | more than 5 years ago | (#26974071)

Other ideas:

Plane-carryable voip system
Tiny network sniffer
SSL based VPN gateway
Remote roomba controller
Mud-in-a-box

This reminds me a bit of apple's airport extreme. Tiny, versitile, Multi-function wall wart. Apple's, of course is quite limited in what it can do. Does anyone know if airport extreme is hacked to run custom software yet?

Re:How much for a multi-ethernet-port version? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#26974257)

I don't know.. how much does a USB to ethernet adapter cost again?

Power line networking (4, Insightful)

oldspewey (1303305) | more than 5 years ago | (#26973767)

From the linked page: "This device connects to the network using GbE"

Does it strike anybody else as strange that this device wouldn't have power line networking built in?

Re:Power line networking (3, Insightful)

gEvil (beta) (945888) | more than 5 years ago | (#26973899)

Does it strike anybody else as strange that this device wouldn't have power line networking built in?

Yes and no. It would make sense for it to be capable of powerline networking, but you'll still need to ran a patch cable from the main network (be it router, cable modem/dsl box, whatever) to either this device (if it were powerline network capable) or another powerline network plugin device.

Re:Power line networking (1)

oldspewey (1303305) | more than 5 years ago | (#26974097)

Yes, but you'd only need one or two devices to service a potentially huge cloud of these things if they had power line networking built in. That's where the real power of this device gets interesting.

Re:Power line networking (1)

gEvil (beta) (945888) | more than 5 years ago | (#26974139)

True. But what kind of bandwidth is available with powerline networking?

Re:Power line networking (1)

oldspewey (1303305) | more than 5 years ago | (#26974237)

Up to 200Mbps [netgear.com]

Re:Power line networking (0)

gEvil (beta) (945888) | more than 5 years ago | (#26974375)

200 Mbps? Meh. I'll take the GigE. OTOH, a 6-port powerline network hub [amazon.com] is pretty cheap.

Re:Power line networking (1)

lupine (100665) | more than 5 years ago | (#26974355)

It sucks, speeds on par with 802.11b, worse speeds as you add devices.

Plus power line networking adapter would likely add 4 watts of additional power requirements.

Power over Ethernet (1, Offtopic)

argent (18001) | more than 5 years ago | (#26974119)

I'm more interested in a version that supports PoE.

Re:Power line networking (1)

dedazo (737510) | more than 5 years ago | (#26974167)

Screw that, I want wireless. Put some WiFi on that thing and I'll buy five with fries on the side.

Sounds like a great industrial espionage device! (3, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#26973769)

All you need to do is wrangle yourself an "interview" with a company, plug one of these unobtrusive babies into a wall outlet, attach a short patch cord to the nearest RJ45 data jack and you're off to the highest (competitor) bidder!

Re:Sounds like a great industrial espionage device (4, Insightful)

oldspewey (1303305) | more than 5 years ago | (#26973787)

... because wall warts with a tail plugged into the nearest network port wouldn't attract any kind of attention.

Re:Sounds like a great industrial espionage device (5, Interesting)

davidwr (791652) | more than 5 years ago | (#26973873)

Actually, he's got a point. If you can infiltrate the janitorial staff and can plug a two-ethernet-port version of this in between an important computer and a switch, you can sniff/analyze/record all unencrypted traffic until you run out of RAM.

Just be sure to remove it the next day before anyone notices.

Then again, an audio-recording device that recorded keystrokes or a keystroke-interceptor on the USB or PS2 ports is probably smaller.

Re:Sounds like a great industrial espionage device (2, Interesting)

canuck08 (1421409) | more than 5 years ago | (#26974049)

Then again, an audio-recording device that recorded keystrokes or...

indeed, and you get the audio by shining one of those nifty 'laser-mics' on the 20th floor executive office window from across town.

Re:Sounds like a great industrial espionage device (2, Informative)

swillden (191260) | more than 5 years ago | (#26974333)

you can sniff/analyze/record all unencrypted traffic until you run out of RAM.

And if you can get away with opening an encrypted network connection to some drop box, you don't have to worry about RAM.

Just be sure to remove it the next day before anyone notices.

I suspect that in most places it could be there for months -- maybe years -- before anyone noticed. Make sure the drop isn't traceable to you and just collect the take as long as it goes unnoticed.

How often do you look under your desk? (1)

Rix (54095) | more than 5 years ago | (#26974037)

Network ports are often right beside power outlets.

Sure, it'd eventually be discovered but it'd likely be there a while.

Re:Sounds like a great industrial espionage device (5, Insightful)

poot_rootbeer (188613) | more than 5 years ago | (#26974121)

... because wall warts with a tail plugged into the nearest network port wouldn't attract any kind of attention.

Was that intended to be sarcastic?

How much time do YOU spend analyzing at the rat's nest of cabling located under your desk, where the Linksys wireless router and the three daisy-chained power strips live? Less than an hour per year, if you're anything like me.

I would dare say that an espionage device that disguised itself as a wall wart would be more likely to be discovered based on network analysis ("hold up, what's this device with the unfamiliar MAC off of network port 73?") than based on a visual inspection of the site.

A NAS? (5, Interesting)

tburke261 (981079) | more than 5 years ago | (#26973777)

Sounds like a nice box to use as a NAS, just hook up a fast USB 2.0 drive and you're set. With a 1.2ghz CPU and all that RAM it should fly. Meh, my 2TB professional Raid 5 NAS only has a 400mhz CPU and IIRC 32mb of RAM.

Add USB + WIFI or Powerline and... (1, Insightful)

jhfry (829244) | more than 5 years ago | (#26973779)

...you could deploy these things as camera servers anywhere you had power. Locker rooms, hotel rooms, etc!... awesome!

Actually I do think these things have a place, though I am not sure exactly how I would use one, except maybe as described above.

Corporate Espionage (1)

Greyfox (87712) | more than 5 years ago | (#26973945)

Plug it somewhere unobtrusive and plug it in to an out-of-the-way network jack in a corporation somewhere. Run your favorite network traffic sniffer and have it quietly sniff user IDs and passwords out and update them on a web page regularly. It's the perfect form factor and could go unnoticed for years!

Oh yeah, that would probably be totally illegal...

Re:Corporate Espionage (1)

Yewbert (708667) | more than 5 years ago | (#26974143)

It'd be even more unobtrusive if it had some more power outlets on its back - y'know, to look like a pass-through device, like some nightlights. It certainly doesn't need a whole outlet's capacity for itself, and if you had another device or two plugged into IT, who'd ever look twice at the wart itself?

Re:Add USB + WIFI or Powerline and... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#26973947)

Maybe Madwifi and a usb based atheros adapter?

Could make yourself a cheap and far more powerful draft-n router.

Re:Add USB + WIFI or Powerline and... (1)

yabos (719499) | more than 5 years ago | (#26974267)

Sweet, now we can see naked women!!

Hard Drive Slot? (2, Interesting)

crf00 (1048098) | more than 5 years ago | (#26973803)

Perhaps one more slot to insert an 2.5" hard drive would make that a perfect home server.

I don't need fast processor, but I need large hard disk space to share media files between my computers.

Re:Hard Drive Slot? (1)

nijk (781345) | more than 5 years ago | (#26973835)

Well there is a usb slot..

Re:Hard Drive Slot? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#26974025)

usb sucks though. esata or firewire would be more suitable.

Re:Hard Drive Slot? (1)

ajlitt (19055) | more than 5 years ago | (#26974083)

It sucks 'til you realize you're sending files over Ethernet.

Re:Hard Drive Slot? (2, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#26974217)

Then sucks again once you realize NFS over GbE easily hits 70MB/s while USB2 gets maybe 30MB/s on a good day.

Got plenty of ideas (4, Interesting)

RenHoek (101570) | more than 5 years ago | (#26973805)

It looks pretty awesome.

Maybe I can use one with an USB cam to implement some cheap security cameras.

I can put a daemon on there to only start emailing images on movement. :)

Re:Got plenty of ideas (1)

tulcod (1056476) | more than 5 years ago | (#26974249)

I kind of have the same feeling I had when I first heard about Eee: wow, finally, someone pulled it off!

Now, the question is when this will *really* be sold (they say march, but I guess it'll be june). And then everyone will suddenly have one.

Re:Got plenty of ideas (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#26974399)

Or you can buy an IP camera. Axis and some other IP cameras actually run Linux but it won't be on an x86 in 1GHz range.

Beowulf Cluster (1)

Hordeking (1237940) | more than 5 years ago | (#26973871)

Can anyone imagine a beowulf cluster of these? I could take over the world! Or at least a small chunk of Nantucket, RI.

Re:Beowulf Cluster (4, Funny)

Miseph (979059) | more than 5 years ago | (#26974039)

"Or at least a small chunk of Nantucket, RI"

That would be no small feat, seeing as Nantucket isn't in Rhode Island.

Re:Beowulf Cluster (1)

squiggleslash (241428) | more than 5 years ago | (#26974173)

Are you sure about that? Y'see, I once knew a girl from Nantucket...

.

(Bonus points for completing this comment...)

Re:Beowulf Cluster (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#26974235)

There once was a hermit named Dave...

Re:Beowulf Cluster (1)

nschubach (922175) | more than 5 years ago | (#26974395)

...who killed a squirrel with a bucket.

Re:Beowulf Cluster (4, Funny)

Gospodin (547743) | more than 5 years ago | (#26974373)

It will be. It. Will. Be.

Re:Beowulf Cluster (1)

Mr. Sketch (111112) | more than 5 years ago | (#26974275)

Not the most cost effective hpc system.

I just priced out a 1U rack mount system with 2xquad core 2.4GHz processors and 8GB of RAM which is equivalent in processing capabilities to about 16 of these guys for the same price (~$1600). Except it also has 320GB of disk space, PCIe slot, and dual gigabit network connection, and only needs one power cable.

I can even get a similar system in non-rack mount (just a tower server), for ~$1500 which includes a DVD drive.

trouble with cart? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#26973913)

Is anyone else having trouble ordering one? It allows me to set up an account, but then it thinks my shopping cart is empty.

Re:trouble with cart? (2, Informative)

Anonymous Codger (96717) | more than 5 years ago | (#26973999)

I've run into this with a number of shopping carts, including some big name sites. I usually have to switch to a different browser - a lot of carts don't work with Safari or Chrome, and some don't even work with FireFox.

Re:trouble with cart? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#26974195)

That's a strategy from earlier in the decade: "We can do without 5% of our web sales... after all, we make sooo much money on the other 95%!"

These days, it's "What? We lost a sale? Shit, that means another vendor goes unpaid - which vendor can we do without this month?".

What's it good for? (0)

ahoehn (301327) | more than 5 years ago | (#26973941)

Sounds like an awesome little appliance, but what can you do with it? You know, besides a beowulf cluster.

I'm sure my fellow Slashdotters will have some suggestions. Let's hear 'em.

Re:What's it good for? (2, Informative)

larry bagina (561269) | more than 5 years ago | (#26974367)

Do you have no imagination? Put a thumb drive on it and use it for most anything you'd use a linux server for, but with no moving parts, negligible power usage, and less than negligible space.
  • Web/ftp/etc server
  • streaming media
  • download torrents in the background
  • tor node
  • proxy server
  • MUD server
  • fill it with kiddie porn and plug it into your boss's house

LOL. For a few secs, my mind saw the power draw (1)

davidsyes (765062) | more than 5 years ago | (#26973995)

"The power draw is a nightlight-like 5 Watts."

as six GIGAwatts...

That could be approaching a home-based (no relation to HomeBase, and, yeh, I was also seeing "Wal-Mart") personal teleportation device...

But, we're gettin' there.... Say, what would you trust:

A Linux-based matter-conversion teleportation device, or a windows-based one? I would wager the windows one might reduce me to Sonak's condition in ST:TMP. But, what would the Linux-based XR do?

I must've missed the memo (0)

93 Escort Wagon (326346) | more than 5 years ago | (#26974007)

$100 Linux wall wart could do to servers what netbooks did to notebooks.

And what, exactly, is it that "netbooks did to notebooks"? I don't see many netbooks out in the wild, while notebooks are pretty much everywhere at our university (and really, I'd expect any trend to show up at school faster than in the world at large).

I bet you thought tablets were going to take over the world too, right?

Re:I must've missed the memo (1)

callinyouin (1138469) | more than 5 years ago | (#26974219)

Maybe it's just because I live in Michigan, but I've been seeing an awful lot of netbooks lately, especially at the college I attend.

Re:I must've missed the memo (1)

mr_mischief (456295) | more than 5 years ago | (#26974245)

The small cheap notebook segment transformed the low end of the market and also made the smaller systems less expensive than the mainstream rather than more expensive. The mainstream of the market it didn't touch at all, really. The "UMPC" market was outrageously expensive compared to most notebooks, but the Eee-alikes aren't much bigger and are much cheaper.

These little servers are smaller, cheaper, and sacrifice some power and storage at the very bottom end of the market. You can buy bigger systems just as cheap. You can buy other systems nearly as small. You can't really buy anything else as small and as cheap in the same unit unless you go down to the power of a Gumstix.

Re:I must've missed the memo (1)

Shatrat (855151) | more than 5 years ago | (#26974339)

Netbooks have been much more successful than tablets.
I believe that a significant part of the failure of Vista to gain widespread acceptance is due to the fact that it isn't offered on netbooks.

This wall wart won't kill servers any more than netbooks will kill Laptops, but they both offer a radically new approach in price and size. I think that's what tfsummary is trying to say.

Goatse would love this.. (2, Funny)

strangeattraction (1058568) | more than 5 years ago | (#26974051)

It is just the right size and would be disruptive.

Heresy (3, Interesting)

Aladrin (926209) | more than 5 years ago | (#26974109)

It might be heresy, but I'm seriously considering using this instead of my Linux box at home... IF it can run rtorrent and hellanzb and handle the load of streaming to my Windows PC in the living room.

Software and CPU power are the only problems I foresee. (And CPU power is probably enough.)

Re:Heresy (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#26974369)

This is immediately what came to mind for me as well. I just want to hook this up to an external HD and use it to run bittorrent / stream movies over intranet.

First person to sell pre-configurations of these wall-warts running bittorrent / bonjour (or something similar for easy configuration & interaction with osx or windows) will have my business.

Slashdot $100 law... (1)

dvh.tosomja (1235032) | more than 5 years ago | (#26974159)

Did anyone else noticed that summaries matching regex /\$100/ are more often slashdotted?

Power over Ethernet (0, Redundant)

Zantetsuken (935350) | more than 5 years ago | (#26974197)

The question is though, does it support power over ethernet?

Other coverage not yet /.ed (1)

mr_mischief (456295) | more than 5 years ago | (#26974325)

See also SlashGear's writeup [slashgear.com] or Legit Reviews [legitreviews.com] coverage at least until the /. effect allows Linux Devices some breathing room.

Netbook (1)

barncha (1432683) | more than 5 years ago | (#26974337)

What IS a netbook?

X.10 (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#26974353)

It'd also be nice if this had a built in X.10 controller for signaling over the power lines.

$100 Linux Wall-Wart Now Available (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#26974357)

I wonder if it could be used as a NAS drive with mirroring?

disruptive? (2, Interesting)

bzipitidoo (647217) | more than 5 years ago | (#26974363)

Nice, but I don't think this is as big a deal as all that. More along the lines of price pressure than anything else. I may buy one, because it is so cheap. Even if I don't, I'm glad everyone else will have to lower their prices now. I've always felt they put on too big a price premium for the small size, considering the generally low performance of the class as a whole.

There are many similar devices already out there. There's the much beloved Linksys WRT54GL. I have a Soekris [soekris.com] . Not the most friendly plug and play device ever. I find it easier to update the CF drive by removing it and mounting it on a desktop system and editing files that way, rather than connecting via a serial port terminal. Gumstix [gumstix.com] is another. Lots of super micro mini ATX form bricks (mini-itx [mini-itx.com] ) out there too. Expensive though.

MythTV seems like an obvious choice (1)

140Mandak262Jamuna (970587) | more than 5 years ago | (#26974377)

If the USB analog-digital converter works with this device one could build a DVR out of this thing. When my Panasonic DVR's DVD writer broke down, I went hunting for a DVR that does not involve monthly payments to TiVO. To my shock I find no such device exists and the box I bought in Nov 2006 for 410$ was selling at 1800$ in E-Bay!

Hope some creates really disruptive product to displace TiVO.

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