The Portuguese company LibreTrend has created a low-power Mini PC with Ubuntu MATE, thanks to the collaboration of the developers of this Linux distribution. But what makes the project even more interesting is his idea “open-source”, since the computer will be free software and proprietary drivers, so free and open to all.
Ubuntu MATE is a new derivative of the old and popular Linux Ubuntu 15.4 and is based MATE desktop environment, created by the developers of Linux Mint as a fork of GNOME 2 project.
LibreBox is now available in multiple versions, with Trisquel Linux, Ubuntu or FreeDOS MATE (no operating system preinstalled), with prices starting from 349 Euros. This Mini PC is equipped with an Intel Celeron 1037U, with at least 4GB of RAM and 500GB of hard disk (SSD drive is optional) and other components chosen for their compatibility with free software. The system also has four USB 2.0 ports, one VGA, one HDMI, Ethernet and audio jack and supports Gigabit Ethernet and 802.11n WiFi.
LibreTrend measures just 20 x 20 x 4 cm and consumption around 19W. Although, objectively, it is one of the most powerful computers on the market and even the cheapest one, LibreBox is undoubtedly among the few to be sold with free software and open-source.
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