A couple weeks ago, I received my new Asus Chromebox from Amazon. If you haven’t heard of the Chromebox, it’s basically a tiny x86_64 desktop machine with a Celeron processor (well, this model is, anyway. There are others).
Its specs are pretty modest, but that’s really the point. It’s designed to be a lightweight system, primarily for use with a web browser, which also makes it a good thin client for streaming media to your TV. And the cheap, low-power hardware is very economical, at just $159.
So it’s a desktop system, that I can install Linux on, for under $200? I had to give it a try. I had been wanting a cheap, hackable, open-source HTPC. And I thought this would be just the thing.5,297 views