Remember just the other day when we were saying that $300 was too much to spend for a ultra-small, low-power, linux PC? Well, I was right, which is why ZonBox is offering a low-wattage linux box superior to the Linutop for only $99.
Of course, the ZonBox requires a subscription, which is a revenue model that has, so far, not worked at all for computer manufacturers.
Nonetheless, the ZonBox is worth discussing because its model holds a great deal of potential for the future of green computing. After you lay down the $99 for the machine, ZonBox charges users $12.95 a month for a variety of services like remote access, networked data storage and software updates for its open source suite of applications.
The ZonBox consumes about six watts of power and uses simple non-toxic components (it's harddrive is a compact flash card.) Depending on your current setup, using a ZonBox could save you more in ultilities costs than you'll be paying for your subscription, an excellent enticement.
ZonBox is definitely aware of the environmental appeal of its new offering. Just now when I signed up to get updates from the company, one of the three questions they asked was "How much does a zero-emissions PC interest you." So maybe carbon offsets will be part of the subscription price.Via Engadget
written by Francesco DeParis, May 11, 2007
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