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Low-Power Home Linux Server? 697

Posted by Soulskill
from the how-long-can-a-car-battery-power-it dept.
mpol writes "For years I've been using a home server with Linux, but recently I've been having doubts about the electric bill. I'm not touched by the recession yet, but I would like to cut costs, and going from a 100-Watt system to a 30-Watt system would save me 70 bucks a year. The system doesn't need to do much, just apache, imap, ssh and some nfs, but I do prefer to have a full-fledged system, where I can choose what to install on it. I also don't really care if it's a low-power Via or an ARM processor as long as it's cheap. I'm aiming for $300 or less for a full system, which I could then earn back in about four years through power savings. I've been reading about the Western Digital Mybook World Edition, which has an ARM processor but isn't that easy to install Debian on. A Mac Mini draws about 85 Watts, so that isn't an option either. Something a bit more than turn-key would be fine, but preferably not a complete hack-job. Adding a temporary CR-ROM or DVD-ROM, or a USB disk with an iso to install from would be nice. Any Slashdotters run nice and cheap low-power Linux systems? What can you recommend?"

Comment: Re:Hmmmm (Score 2, Informative) 374

by Bogwood (#15318560) Attached to: Mobile Phone Transmitter Causes Brain Tumours?
Although I agree with the essence of your analysis, you might want to consider:

- a GSM basestation would be potentially transmitting in all 8 timeslots hence the average power would be 8 times higher than a handset;

- GSM/PCN basestation trasmitter powers are quite often about 25W (although I'm not sure whether this is the power after combiners/feeder losses).

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