Pushing Virtual Limits


The amazing 10w PC – Dectop
October 13, 2007, 2:13 pm
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So I broke down and bought a Dectop (http://www.dataevolution.com/dectop%20info%202.htm). 150$ for a 366 mhz system seems a bit much but it uses an average of 8watts compared to 180-250 watts the server I was running did. That power savings has equaled almost 20$ a month compared to our energy bills last year during the same month.
This system is designed to do two things – check the weather and email. Why run a multi core system with all its power hungry peripherals just to do that? This dectop has filled that gap nicely and it is working out well.

To install the base OS I found these directions to be very good:

http://jsco.org/dectop/

However, I had to install Ubuntu 7 and then make the switch to the Xfce desktop (XUbuntu) to get some performance increases. I am still not thrilled with the responsiveness of Firefox but I think that has more to do with how bloated weather.com and the other weather tracking websites are.

I bumped the ram up to 512MB and replaced the 10gb hdd with a 200gb one I had floating around.

All in all this is a fantastic product if you buy it to perform simple tasks, web browsing or other lightweight activities.

Now if I could just find a way to setup VMware VDI and use this as a thing as a client that would be a fun trick.

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