Kerk writes: Now that so many of us have more than one computer, it makes sense for a secondary system to be as small and efficient as possible. This article outlines six small form factor systems that you don't have to build yourself. Most are under $300 making them the ideal platform for a project or for a silent system for simple tasks like checking your email. Each system covered, including the Zonbu that we have been hearing about lately, runs a low-power processor, is relatively inexpensive, and is a great platform for a lightweight Linux distribution (if it doesn't already include one).
josmar52789 writes: As it turns out, a quick search on Netcraft.com reveals that a number of sites owned by Microsoft are apparently relying on Linux. FolderShare.com, which is a Windows Live service is running on Linux with PHP for Apache. The filesharing/backup site was acquired by Microsoft a few years ago and on up until now, Microsoft has seen fit to leave it running on Linux. It's also interesting to see that quite a few of Microsoft's most popular sites are still running Windows 2000 on IIS 5.0 (who wanted businesses to upgrade?) and most of Microsoft's sites are using the F5 Big IP load balancer which recently switched over to Linux from BSD. You gotta love Microsoft for their patriotism to Windows:)