I have been doing some tinkering with linux lately and I think I have a good enough grasp at it to start thinking about running some servers at home and at work. I already pay enough electricity to be wary of just getting an old PC and leave it on churning out hundreds of kwh so I am looking for something a little bit on the power saving size always on solution.
Is a nettop a good option? Anyway here are my guidelines
- Low power consumption ~ 40 watts iddle
- Small form factor
- Good for OpenSuse, Ubuntu server or other server oriented linux distros
- Will be used for ftp, http, pop3, smtp and cache servers and also for wifi auditing
- $300 budget ready to boot
- Will probably stay at school cubicle sometimes and use it as a desktop, so it needs to have some office, matlab and photo editing power. This is most likely not an issue
Any ideas? I was thinking this
but sometimes good ideas are not the best deals. Any other options?