A webworker’s home toolkit? 

Linutop is a Linux-based diskless computer. It offers a completely silent, low-power operation in an extremely small package.

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This machine has no disk, offers low power consumption, 4 USB ports, 10/100 ethernet connection, possible wifi, what can you do with it? My first thoughts were of the plethora of web based office software solutions, that allow you to check email, write documents, perform spreadsheet calcs, write up presentations, store documents and photos. Why not?

This box is likely to be marketed to libraries and internet cafes, but I’d get one as a second machine for sure. It weighs in at 280 grams and comes packaged with a linux distro, and the following software..


– AbiWord Word Processor
– Evince PDF reader
– Firefox Web browser
– Gaim instant messenger
– Totem media player

With 512MB memory, there’s room for more apps like sunbird calendar if you felt the need, but really, the point is that this is a web app portal. These guys seem to be just setting up their website, blog and business, but you can email them from the site.

Which online apps would you use if they were the only tools you had to do the job? And would this machine and these apps cut it for your needs? Can you picture your local cafe having a couple of these low-cost machines parked and ready to meet the needs of the Bedouin working class?

Published by Mike Thomas

Mike Thomas P.Eng. ENV SP, is the author of UrbanWorkbench.com and Director of Engineering at the City of Revelstoke in the Interior of British Columbia, Canada.

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