Koolu’s Kool! Great OOBE

Arrived from Canada in January and I’ve been having fun messing with it. The Koolu computer is a low-power computer based on a Geode 500 MHz CPU, up to 1 Gb RAM, an optional internal HDD, an external 12VDC power supply. It sips around 9 watts. Standard ports are AC’97 compatible sound-in, sound-out, line-out, 4 x USB 2.0, VGA, 10/100 ethernet. At under $300, this can be a handy utility computer to:

  • Serve as file and print server for a workgroup
  • Act as the front-end to a MythTV DVR
  • Provide backend services like NTP, DNS, etc.
  • An internal web server, source code control repository for a group of developers
  • Kiosk computer (an optional VESA mount will allow it to be mounted to the back of an LCD panel.

And unlike the cheap $299 computers you can buy at big box stores, this one isn’t make of flimsy parts, nor will it make up for its cheap price in electricity payments. (I’m figuring less than $1 USD a month vs. $20 for a 200w big-box.) The base unit (no hdd, $199) is network bootable, the 80 Gb hdd version ($299) comes with Ubuntu preinstalled. Enjoying running it through its paces!

(Unless otherwise noted, all $ prices in CAD)


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