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The Mini Server, aka What I want in my backpack

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Oct. 23rd, 2007 | 10:38 am

For the last eight years or so I've wanted this sort of device (with of course the design needs going up over time).

Portable Server:
  • Runs Linux
  • Does not use batteries but instead uses wall power.
  • No monitor, just ethernet (use a boot loader via a web browser)
  • Does have USB (need this to load the OS via CDROM, but this could be skipped...)
  • Is under five pounds.
  • Solid state disk.
  • Suspend to disk.
  • Five pounds or less.
  • Dimensions of a book, but can be a bit thicker (needs to fit into my backpack)
  • 64bit, 4 or more cores
  • 4 or more gigs of RAM
  • Switching power supply (aka can use anywhere in the world)
  • Wireless would be a nice "have". I'll string cables though if need be...

    I feel like technology is getting closer to my needs...

    I trust no development that is done on 32bit machines with single processors, and if your tests don't push your environment past 2gigs I am skeptical as well.

    (...and yes this is because I work on server related stuff like MySQL, if you are working on embedded I wouldn't trust the work unless you tested it on machines with tiny amounts of memory).
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    Поисковик-затейник

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    from: itman
    date: Oct. 23rd, 2007 06:07 pm (UTC)
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    There are lot of minis but they are mostly 32-bit and have slow processors (e.g. 100-1 ghz). In that, they are slow and have low power consumption. See e.g. http://www.ipc2u.de/catalog/E/ET/
    On the other hand, there are notebooks, but generally they have lousy hard disks, in terms of speed. I wish I could substitute it with a flash, which is often faster! Hope they will produce such devices soon:
    20-40 gb of flash (no hard drive noise)
    low frequency (lower consumption) but multicore and 64 bit :-)
    at least 4Gb of memory!
    Hope, we'll see such devices soon.

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    Brian "Krow" Aker

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    from: krow
    date: Oct. 23rd, 2007 06:27 pm (UTC)
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    I don't care about power usage. To me this is a device I just plug into the wall.

    It would be nice if it was fanless, but then I want everything to be fanless.

    4gigs of memory would be a requirement.

    The problem with the devices you point out... embedded use. What I want is a portable development server. Ubiquity in bandwidth would also solve my problems.

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    Jamz

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    from: woggie
    date: Oct. 23rd, 2007 06:49 pm (UTC)
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    When you find such a machine, announce it.

    Has anyone attempted to create a flash memory bank on a card yet? It seems like you could get more memory together if you could put them together like that.

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    Brian "Krow" Aker

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    from: krow
    date: Oct. 23rd, 2007 07:16 pm (UTC)
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    Yep, there are a couple of vendors who do this.

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    travisd

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    from: travisd
    date: Oct. 23rd, 2007 07:10 pm (UTC)
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    The Mac Mini seems to be *almost* there. Currently spec's out at 2GB max though.

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    Brian "Krow" Aker

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    from: krow
    date: Oct. 23rd, 2007 07:21 pm (UTC)
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    Core 2 Duo in those yet? I want more then 2gig.

    You could replace the internal drive in one to get better speed/lower temperature. Since you can run linux on one you should be able to get suspend to disk to work (since I don't think OSX will enable that for the Mac Mini).

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    travisd

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    from: travisd
    date: Oct. 23rd, 2007 07:30 pm (UTC)
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    http://www.apple.com/macmini/specs.html

    Processor and memory

    * 1.83GHz or 2.0GHz Intel Core 2 Duo processor
    * 2MB or 4MB on-chip L2 cache
    * 667MHz frontside bus
    * 1GB of 667MHz DDR2 SDRAM (PC2-5300) on two SO-DIMMs; supports up to 2GB

    The SO-DIMM's seem to be the limiting factor...

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    Brian "Krow" Aker

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    from: krow
    date: Oct. 23rd, 2007 07:46 pm (UTC)
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    Excellent. I wonder if someone has tried to install more... I have seen the external ESATA hacks that people have put together (and I really wish Apple would move to have an ESATA port on those boxes).

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    Just build it.....

    from: burtonator
    date: Oct. 24th, 2007 09:14 am (UTC)
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    you could just build it......

    Also, the Zaurus Linux PDAs are REALLY close to what you want.

    I spent many a month hacking mine until I realized that cell data and voice was required before it was actually usable.

    I plan to jailbreak my iphone but just haven't had the time.

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    Brian "Krow" Aker

    Re: Just build it.....

    from: krow
    date: Oct. 24th, 2007 03:36 pm (UTC)
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    I am holding out for an iPhone that works in Japan :)

    Yeah, I could just build it. I would need to do the research on finding the right motherboard though.

    I have a project around an embedded device I want to build that comes first though (and I am thinking about taking some time off in December and building it)

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