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Tux Machines (TM)-specific
What can you do with a tiny 200MHz computer? We tested such a computing dwarf, the Epatec eTC thin client, and found you can save big money with this box by using it as a thin client.
The cheapest thin client computer from Berlin distributor Epatec is only as big as six jewel cases. (The same product is available worldwide from DMP Electronics.) The €139 box includes a 200MHz Vortex processor and 128MB SDRAM on an embedded board in a black and silver plastic case. The embedded board holds an SIS graphics controller, which takes away 16MB from the system RAM. Included are also the Realtek RTL 8139 100Mbps network controller, soundcard, USB 1.1, and IDE controller. You can mount 2.5-inch hard disks on the underside of the mainbord into a prepared cage. Our test computer was delivered with a 64MB disk-on-chip module, plugged into the IDE connector, and a short IDE cable with 2.5- and 3.5-inch connectors. On the backside of the PC you find ports for VGA, parallel printer, network, sound, two USB 1.1 ports, and two PS/2 connectors for mouse and keyboard. The computer is powered by an external A/C adapter. A look in /proc/cpuinfo showed the vendor_id of the Vortex processor to be SIS.