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hedgeborn
August 16th, 2009, 06:02 AM
Really what I want is a relatively small/compact tower or cube CPU to serve as my main desktop machine an file server.

I'm not a gamer. My only requirement are that it be approx shoebox sized or so and Intel Core Duo or equivalent power (no atom nettops) and have sufficient graphics power to play HD video with relative ease.

I suppose I could build something from parts if I knew what I was doing...but if there is something out there that fits the description from a reputable manufacturer I'd be interested.

Want to run Ubuntu 8.10 or 9.04 on it.

Any thoughts in the Lenovo ThinkCentre A58 Small Form Factor? Seems like it would work well for my purposes. Is the hardware Linux friendly?

fballem
August 16th, 2009, 06:16 AM
One of my clients runs Ubuntu on one of these:

http://h10010.www1.hp.com/wwpc/ca/en/ho/WF25a/12454-12454-3329740-64546-64546-3793684.html?jumpid=re_r552_ca/hho/psg/volumeLead_prod_ref/landing/consumer_desktops

I would suggest that you use one with an NVidia graphics adapter - they seem to be more Linux friendly. Hers uses an AMD processor.

We have had no issues with it, and it does play DVDs quite well.