Packing powerful components into a petite, diamond-shaped chassis that can stand alone or snap onto the back of select Acer monitors, the Veriton N Series aces your computing needs, while preserving precious space. This handsome gray and black mini PC comes matched with an all-black USB keyboard and mouse, so you're set for big productivity in any work environment.
Pros: After quite a bit of searching, I found that adding the kernel boot option i915.modeset=0 or nomodeset will prevent the bizarre psychedelic flashing that often plagues installations of linux on this pc. This worked on the 4 or 5 distros I tried. This significantly improves the appeal of this little pc. I'll probably be buying several more of these now that I know I can install centos or ubuntu-based distros without the flashing graphics issue
Cons: None right now.
Other Thoughts: Currently testing one as an icecast streaming server - working very nicely so far.
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Bizarre graphics hardware
Pros: I deploy and manage quite a few Linux servers for a number of clients. This box ships with Linpus Linux, so I thought other recent distros would install easily. I prefer CentOS for server tasks and Ubuntu for user-centric boxes. I tried Ubuntu 12.04 and 12.10 and both exhibited a psychedelic flashing display no matter what install options I used. The graphics circuitry on this box is the most incompatible and problematic that I have encountered in years. CentOS 6.3 installed, but CentOS 6.2 and 6.3-based Asterisk distros yielded the same graphics-on-crack effect as other distros. Otherwise, this box is SO promising. You really get a lot of value for the price. The side-or-bottom stand that is made to fit VESA mounting holes is very nice. The Celeron is rated a LOT faster than the better Atom CPUs from other manufacturers.
Cons: The previously mentioned graphics-on-crack.
Other Thoughts: This would make a VERY nice box for Asterisk, Zoneminder, backup operations and lots of other things... If only the graphics weren't so disagreeable.
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“After quite a bit of searching, I found that adding the kernel boot option i915.modeset=0 or nomodeset will prevent the ...”— Jeffm in Honolulu 2/23/2013
“I deploy and manage quite a few Linux servers for a number of clients. This box ships with Linpus Linux, so I thought other ...”— JeffM in Honolulu 2/22/2013