Is it the small size or the low power processor that makes a nettop a nettop? I’d argue it’s probably a bit of both, much as is the case with netbooks. So I’m not entirely convinced that throwing an Intel Atom 330 CPU in a desktop PC makes it a nettop. But I’m not sure it makes a whole heck of a lot of sense to call a PC with this low power CPU anything else, even if it does measure 16.7″ x 13.6″ x 3.9″, which happens to be the measurements of the Open-PC.
The Open-PC is packs a 1.6GHz dual core Atom 330 CPU, 3GB of RAM, and a 160GB hard drive. It has a Mini ITX case, a 250 watt power supply and integrated Intel GMA 950 graphics. It runs open source software including a Linux-based operating system with a KDE interface.
The computer sells for 359 Euros, or about $500 US.
What’s probably most interesting about the Open-PC is that the company behind the computer relied pretty heavily on community input through a series of surveys to create the PC. Questions ranged from how much the finished product should cost to what desktop environment and default web browser it should use.
I’d rather buy a box from System76, myself.
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