News.com writes about Via’s Mini-ITX motherboard being part of the Mini-Box PC, running Linux.
The Mini-Box M-100, a general-purpose computer built around Via’s EPIA Mini-ITX mainboard, is about the size of a dictionary and weighs about 2 pounds. Besides being used as a desktop, it can also be used as “embedded” hardware–housed within a larger machine to perform a specific computing task.
The tiny $500 PC sports a Via Eden or C-series processor and 256MB of RAM. The standard M-100 ships with 64MB of CompactFlash memory holding the MediaBox embedded Linux operating system.
Buyers have the option of boosting storage capacity by expanding the CompactFlash memory to 128MB, or by adding a 40GB IBM notebook-size hard drive, thus allowing it to run the Windows XP and Windows CE operating systems.
The device features a 14-key customizable keypad on its faceplate and a general purpose input/output (I/O) port, but lacks an optical drive. The M-100 also features a built-in liquid-crystal display, which eliminates the need for a monitor in some applications.
These PCs could be used as PC-Terminals (thin clients) also.