mintBox: Linux Mint in a Box
Article by George Norman
On 08 Jun 2012
UPDATE June 28, 2013: MintBox 2 has been announced. With its Intel i5 processor it will offer more than 4 times the performance MintBox Pro has to offer.

By collaborating with CompuLab, company that’s been making embedded computer-on-modules for over 15 years, the team behind the Linux Mint operating system came up with mintBox, the very first branded Mint device. Presented as one of the toughest computers on the market, the mintBox is a fit-PC3 unit no bigger than a DVD case that runs the Linux Mint OS. Plug it to a monitor, a keyboard, and a mouse and you’re set to start using Linux Mint.



“We’re passionate about what we do and for our very first Mint device, we wanted something unique, something special and extraordinary. The mintBox is Mint in a box. It’s tiny, it’s silent, it’s extremely versatile and it comes packed with connectivity,” explained Lead Linux Mint Developer, Clem Lefebvre.

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There are two versions of the mintBox to choose from: the Basic version, recognizable by its standard casing, and the Pro version that stands out with its ribbed case. The Basic edition is priced at $476 while the Pro version will set you back $549 (the price does not include shipping, VAT, and duty taxes).





Both versions come with a 250GB HDD, 8 USB ports (4 in the back, 4 in the front), Ethernet, WiFi, Bluetooth, HDMI port, and DVI adapter. The CPU, graphics card, and RAM make the difference between the Basic and Pro versions. mintBox Basic comes with an APU G-T40N 1.0 GHz dual core processor, Radeon HD 6290 – 9W graphics card, and 4GB of Ram. mintBox Pro comes with an APU G-T56N 1.65 GHz dual core processor, Radeon HD 6320 – 18W graphics card, and 8GB of RAM.

If you purchase a mintBox and want to open it up to upgrade it, you will find that doing so is a very easy feat. You have easy access to the RAM and HDD from underneath the box. Open the bay with a screwdriver and you can upgrade the RAM or change the HDD.

If you want to purchase a mintBox, then click this link.
Please note that 10% from each sale will go towards supporting Linux Mint.




Tags: Linux, Linux Mint, mintBox, CompuLab, computer
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