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Jason
2005-01-12, 16:13
It is a quite box, but you can still build a small Linux server for the same
price or less. Recently I had to build a new Linux box after my old one
suffered a catastrophic failure.

I bought a 2.2ghz Celeron CPU, 512MB of RAM, Motherboard with onboard
sound/NIC/video (etc) and a pair of 160GB Seagate SATA drives running in a
RAID 0 array all for about $400. Even if I had to purchase a case and such
it still wouldn't have come in at $500.

If someone is looking for an excuse to buy a Mac to play around with and
wants to use it as a Slimserver that is great, but "great deal" hardly.


> -----Original Message-----
> From: discuss-bounces (AT) lists (DOT) slimdevices.com
> [mailto:discuss-bounces (AT) lists (DOT) slimdevices.com] On Behalf Of
> Andy Dannelley
> Sent: Wednesday, January 12, 2005 3:53 PM
> To: discuss (AT) lists (DOT) slimdevices.com
> Subject: [slim] Nice Box
>
>
> On Jan 12, 2005, at 12:00 PM, discuss-request (AT) lists (DOT) slimdevices.com
> wrote:
>
> > Date: Wed, 12 Jan 2005 19:41:10 +0000
> > From: Torgeir Veimo <torgeir (AT) pobox (DOT) com>
> > Subject: [slim] Nice box...
> > To: Slim Devices Discussion <discuss (AT) lists (DOT) slimdevices.com>
> > Message-ID: <1105558871.5791.18.camel (AT) atlantis (DOT) netenviron.com>
> > Content-Type: text/plain
> >
> > On Wed, 2005-01-12 at 09:56 -0800, Jonathan Miller wrote:
> >> What about using a 160 gig wireless Buffalo Linkstation (or similar
> >> NAS) for storage? I'm storing my iTunes music on mine and
> works just
> >> fine with my iBook and streaming to Airport Express.
> >
> > Will the slimserver software run comfortably on this box?
> >
> > --
> > Torgeir Veimo <torgeir (AT) pobox (DOT) com>
> >
> To which box are you referring?
>
> The Mac mini should be a perfect solution for most folks to
> use as a Slimserver. Me foe example I've only got about 2200
> songs, at almost 8GB, so it would be perfect for me. I'm
> currently using a dedicated iMac G4 with 60 GB HD and after
> formatting it has about 55.76 GB, of which I'm using a total
> of about 13 GB so there's over 40 GB free. A 40 GB Mac mini
> will be great for many, an 80 GB will be great for others,
> and add the Buffalo (from above) and it will be good for just
> about anyone.
>
> BTW: All this conversation is not making it any easier for
> me to resist pushing the "BUY" button on a Mac mini. I
> don't really "NEED"
> one, but, well.... Must resist, must resist, must resist.
> (How long can I keep this resistance up ;) resistance is
> futile ;) my wife would absolutely kill me)
>
> Later,
>
> AndyD
>
>

Vince LaMonica
2005-01-12, 18:42
On Wed, 12 Jan 2005, Jason wrote:

} I bought a 2.2ghz Celeron CPU, 512MB of RAM, Motherboard with onboard
} sound/NIC/video (etc) and a pair of 160GB Seagate SATA drives running in a
} RAID 0 array all for about $400. Even if I had to purchase a case and such
} it still wouldn't have come in at $500.

You also need consider the case [since we're doing a comparison of what
Apple gives you - they include the case], as well as the powersupply.
Getting a good quality powersupply is not cheap. Also, does the mobo on
your linux box have firewire and the ability to output to s-video? [w/ an
optional cable, you can connect the DVI port to a TV or projector via
S-Video].

Also, a Celeron, speed wise, is probably slower than the G4 in the Mac
mini. A better comparison would be with a P4, and the same HD and memory
that the Mac mini has. You also need to buy a CPU fan, and a case fan [if
we're going to compare buying a new 'build-it-yourself' box to the Mac
mini].

Just things to think about...

/vjl/

Vince LaMonica
2005-01-12, 18:50
On Wed, 12 Jan 2005, Vince LaMonica wrote:

} You also need consider the case [since we're doing a comparison of what
} Apple gives you - they include the case], as well as the powersupply.
[snip]

and I forgot to mention the cost of a combo drive. Just another item that
pushes the home brew linux box further towards the Mac mini price point.

/vjl/ [a Linux and OS X user since nearly the beginning of them]

Jonathan Greene
2005-01-12, 19:06
Plus - I'll take Apple's build quality and warranty over your or my
capabilities any day.


On Jan 12, 2005, at 8:50 PM, Vince LaMonica wrote:

> On Wed, 12 Jan 2005, Vince LaMonica wrote:
>
> } You also need consider the case [since we're doing a comparison of
> what
> } Apple gives you - they include the case], as well as the powersupply.
> [snip]
>
> and I forgot to mention the cost of a combo drive. Just another item
> that
> pushes the home brew linux box further towards the Mac mini price
> point.
>
> /vjl/ [a Linux and OS X user since nearly the beginning of them]