kmhryhpdblyx on Mon, 7 Jul 2003 19:40:14 -0400

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Re: [PLUG] Looking for a couple of cheap boxes

Microsoft X-Box + mod chip. Total cost about $250 (less if you Ebay one used). PIII 733, 10/100 Ethernet, 8GB disk, DVD/CD reader, quiet and looks nice. Yup, it'll still play games... :)


At 11:17 AM 7/7/2003 -0400, you wrote:
Hello all,

I am (not right now, but within the next couple of months) looking to
replace two x86 boxes that handle web and mail serving with something
else.  I am writing because the 'something else' has not particularly
been decided yet.  My requirements are:
basically noiseless (no case fans if possible)
small footprint (smaller the better)
low heat emission
low power consumption
(hopefully) low price

speed is of secondary concern to all of these, as both boxes in place
right now aren't being pushed too hard - I'm using an old PII as the
mail server, and it's load average never goes above 0.3 or so.  Disk
speed may be more important than processor speed, although even that
isn't that important - on a busy day, the mail server might handle 2000
messages or so (OK, call it 4000, because of the doubling caused by
spamassassin).  I have seen some things that piqued my interest, but
haven't actually worked with any of them in a production environment, so
I was looking for recommendations.  I would like it if these boxes could
run linux - it would make the transition fairly seamless for me - but if
I have to switch to one of the *BSD's, that wouldn't be a big deal

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