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Pros: Complete replacement for that old P3 box (you know what I'm talking about). Runs pretty much silent and low power.
BIOS flashing should be simple if needed. I was able to copy the .rom file to the C: partition and EZ Flash detected it. You should also be able to copy the .rom to USB flash drive and do it that way too. It can also boot from a USB flash.
Cons: The cover was extremely difficult to pry off when upgrading the RAM. First you have to remove the two screws behind the stickers. It uses DDR2 laptop memory 200-pin 533Mhz and the maximum memory supported is 2GB.
Other Thoughts: The default linux is really limited. I wiped everything off and used an external DVD drive to install Debian. Xorg worked with the vesa driver but its going to be a home server running headless anyway.READ FULL REVIEW
This review is from: TRENDnet Model TU-S9 26" USB to Serial Converter
Pros: I needed this to connect to my ALIX-based embedded firewall. It works without a driver on my linux (Debian) system except to figure out the serial line I had to run $ 'dmesg | grep tty' and it shows up as ttyUSB0. Set this in your serial client connection software. I tested it with minicom and Putty which should be in the packages for your distro. Debian makes liveCDs if you don't have a *nix box.
Other Thoughts: You might need a separate null modem cable (Female to Female) depending on the device you are connecting to and/or a usb extension cable if you are using this from your desktop.READ FULL REVIEW
This review is from: Intel PWLA8391GT PRO/1000 GT Desktop Adapter 10/100/1000Mbps PCI 1 x RJ45
Pros: Installed two and both were recognized by Debian GNU/Linux immediately. They should work flawlessly on *BSD for the router/firewall box I'm building.
Other Thoughts: The cards are made for servers so they have the PXE (network boot) feature turned on by default. If you are at the keyboard when the system is booting, you can bypass this with Control - D keystroke. To turn off this feature, you have to be fast and press Control - S right after you power on to go into the cards' management interface and make the changes there.READ FULL REVIEW