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I see that David Braben has created a $25 USB stick that can run linux. Check out the website at http://www.raspberrypi.org/


That's not available yet - so what's a low power *nix device that I can connect to a network and also an ethernet port? Doesn't have to be secure or anything. Preferably something without a fan would also be nice

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that device is meant to be out in about 6 weeks i think. May be worth waiting. – Sirex Nov 9 '11 at 11:13
I hope it becomes available soon. However I'm always a little skeptical of timelines promised for technology products. – cwd Nov 9 '11 at 14:59
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One of the various ARM-based plug computers will serve you well. They also come in larger (i.e. OMAP-based) forms if you need more horsepower.

For example: GuruPlug, PogoPlug, TonidoPlug, BeagleBoard, PandaBoard.

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do you have any links to these? – cwd Nov 8 '11 at 15:33
GuruPlug, PogoPlug, TonidoPlug, BeagleBoard, PandaBoard. – Ignacio Vazquez-Abrams Nov 8 '11 at 19:21

You might want to have a look at the dd-wrt project - which ports Linux onto SoHo routers.

Not gone through the complete hardware list, but, e.g. a linksys wrt45GL costs about 45 UKP retail (less vat, converting to $...approx 58 USD). You might want to dig further to find a device which might support USB / memory cards.

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I am not sure if it fits your definition of small, but I have been using boxes based on the ALIX board for linux-based firewalls. I use the ALIX.2D13 appliance it is x86-based, has USB ports, and a PCMCIA slot, and the 100MB network interfaces, comes with a 2GB CF card.

You can't boot off the USB ports, but you can certainly attach a couple USB hard disk, if it has separate power. The board provides minimal power to the USB ports.

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You can get used eeepc very cheap, $100, and it has HDD, display, keyboard, ethernet and wifi.

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I don't think that's exactly what he means by "small" – Michael Mrozek Nov 8 '11 at 14:05

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