Ready to run desktop Linux PC: MintBox 2

Ready to run desktop Linux PC: MintBox 2

Summary: Like Linux Mint? Want it in a plug and go PC? CompuLab may have the computer for you: the new MintBox 2.

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Linux Mint is my favorite desktop Linux. Thanks to Microsoft's Secure Boot implementation, however, installing Mint, or any other operating system, on a new Windows 8 PC is a royal pain in the rump. If you'd like to avoid this annoyance, you might consider buying CompuLab's forthcoming MintBox 2 with Linux Mint 15 pre-installed.

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This isn't the first time CompuLab, an Israeli firm specializing in single-board and industrial board computers, has offered Linux Mint computers. They first offered their MiniBox PC with Linux Mint in January 2012.

Clement "Clem" Lefebvre, Mint's founder said, "The MintBox 2 will be based on the Intel i5 and feature more than four times the performance of the MintBox Pro, for roughly the same price. The new MintBox 2 is expected be much faster than its older AMD-powered relatives, the MintBox Basic with its AMD T40 and the MintBox Pro with an AMD T56 CPU.

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According to Lefebvre, "The i5 CPU is a great compromise between performance and price … The i7 processor, in comparison, would have pushed the cost above $800 and only gave an additional 5 percent performance gain." In a note, Lefebvre added that the MintBox 2's i5 will be "a third-gen Intel Core i5 3337 Ivy Bridge 1.8 GHz with Intel HD Graphics."

The new MintBox 2, which is a fanless, low-powered mini-desktop PC, will come with 4GBs of RAM and a 500GB hard-drive. For graphics, the small-footprint PC uses Intel's HD Graphics 2000. This powers a HDMI 1.4a port, which is capable of resolutions of up to 1920 x 1200 at 60 Hz and DisplayPort, which can support up to 2560 x 1600 resolution at 60Hz.

The MintBox 2, which is based on CompuLab's Intense PC line, also comes with two eSATA ports for additional storage, a pair of Gigabit Ethernet ports, 802.11n Wi-Fi, and four USB ports: two USB 2.0 and two USB 3.0.

This Mint Linux PC will sell for $599. It will be available in the US from Amazon and in the European Union from Amazon Germany.

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  • Cool

    Nice to see! Mint is a good choice for OS. Complete out of the box. Only gripe: in my opinion, Mint 13 would have been a better choice, as it's LTS and supported until April, 2017.

    Mint 15 will reach EOL in January, 2014. Then the owners of the MintBox will have to upgrade....
    pjotr123
    • Re: Mint 13 LTS and supported until April 2017.......

      Indeed. Just imagine the criticism Microsoft would be getting if a release was supported for only eighteen months. Ironically the majority of that criticism would be coming from those of the Linux persuasion.
      5735guy
      • Upgrade costs

        What a pity, I'll have to pay for a whole new OS to get the new LTS comes around... oh wait, I had forgotten it's free ;) Also, you can update the same installation in-place, even easier than with a Windows computer.
        Federico Churca-Torrusio
        • Re: Upgrade costs

          Indeed it is free but the past has shown particularly with Ubuntu based distros. on many more than one occasion an upgrade can cause serious stability issues and Hardware can stop working and at worst a loss of data.
          It is surprising how many users still don't Backup their data. Instead of being free it can work out very expensive.
          5735guy
      • Even as a Linux fan

        I agree in some respects. Personally, I would like to see a Linux distro where 5 years was the regular support period for a release, and the LTS release would be at least as long as Windows XP.

        There are however, some big reasons to not complain about Linux support (while still complaining about Windows). You don't pay for it and with some rare exceptions, you choose to install it yourself. And with some newer Windows computers, they make it very difficult to install anything else. It makes sense to complain about something that you pay for that thinks it owns your computer, but not something that is installed by choice and easily removed when you no longer want it.
        virushunter83
  • Nice

    This is going to be the way I'll go from here on out, when needed. The small size (looks like their optional accessories have a mount to bracket it onto a monitor as well), increased CPU and the Linux Mint OS are huge selling points.
    D.J. 43
  • Kudos Clem and the Mint team

    daikon
  • Many consumers will not pay to work with Linux........

    Many consumers will not pay to work with Linux so they are hardly going to pay for a machine with Linux preinstalled.
    Only a minute percentage even donate towards their favoured distro. so they are hardly going to pay real money.
    5735guy
    • But even if that's the case...

      ...isn't it still better for Linux users to buy computers that already have Linux preloaded than to have to redo a Windows box?
      John L. Ries
      • Re: But even if that's the case....

        It is a better option to purchase a machine preloaded with windows as there is no restriction of choice. Practically every machine comes with windows preloaded (with the exception of Macs). The number of machines with Linux preloaded is very limited.
        We are led to believe Linux will run on anything in which case to opt for a Windows machine is a no brainier.
        5735guy
        • Catch 22

          If Linux users buy Windows machines, OEMs stop making machines with Linux preinstalled.
          If Linux machines are not on store shelves, then consumers will never buy it.
          Emacho
      • Linux preloaded

        Yes, pre-loaded Linux is a very smooth user experience - sleep function, for example, always works perfectly, never hanging. I have a Dell Inspiron 1545 that was pre-loaded with Ubuntu. It never has a problem with subsequent version upgrades.
        BambooKane
      • Re: Many consumers will not pay to work with Linux........

        5 Flags for my post. Clearly the Truth Hurts !
        5735guy
      • Absolutely!

        ..nt
        daftkey
    • The option is what attracts the customers

      I see that the units can come pre-installed with Windows also, for an added cost to it. I personally would opt for the Linux Mint pre-install, but it's good to know there are options. You know, like an option to have a PC running only a desktop interface, versus a tile system?
      D.J. 43
      • Windows has a desktop.

        Yes, even Windows 8. The exact same desktop as Windows 7. Apparently some users are too clueless to find it.
        guyonearth
        • Yeah

          Apparently most users think the mish-mash Frankenstein that is Windows 8 is ridiculous, too. It's a major flop.
          D.J. 43
        • Re: The exact same desktop as Windows 7......

          Indeed it does. The problem is many consumers are unable to see past the Modern UI.
          5735guy
          • Oh well

            That's not their fault, or their problem. It's Ballmer's.
            D.J. 43
          • Re: That's not their fault, or their problem. It's Ballmer's.

            A Typical Linux Troll statement
            5735guy