I realize it's been a year since this post, but I only just recently went
ahead and ordered a Zotac Z-Box mini PC (1.86GHZ Atom Processor, 2GB RAM),
and it's been working well. CentOS installed with no troubles at all, as
did GEMPAK 7. NMAP loads surprisingly fast despite only having 2GB RAM. I
may upgrade the RAM later once the machine is doing more.
The only problem I had was trying to load CentOS using a USB stick. I just
could not get a bootable image to work, and ended up getting a cheap USB
On Tue, Mar 26, 2013 at 7:49 AM, Gerry Creager - NOAA Affiliate <
> I've done it on an Atom-based Shuttle XS-36 with no problems. Biggest
> issue is enough RAM but you can get 8GB into the Atom and it works well.
> The one I currently have on the desk next to me has an SSD and no fan.
> Silent. Oh, and while slow, NMAP works.
> On Mon, Mar 25, 2013 at 9:17 PM, Mike Hardiman - NWS Federal <
> mike.hardiman@xxxxxxxx> wrote:
>> Hey Gembuds,
>> Has anyone ever tried installing Linux and compiling Gempak on a mini-PC
>> like the Cubieboard, or something a little bit larger like a Zotac Zbox?
>> I'd like to have something to mess around with creating custom plots, which
>> could be left on 24/7 without a noisy fan and power-sucking components. I
>> wouldn't be trying to run any of the GUI-based programs with this.
>> Examples of the sort of hardware I have in mind:
>> -Mike Hardiman
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> Gerry Creager
> "Big whirls have little whirls,
> That feed on their velocity;
> And little whirls have lesser whirls,
> And so on to viscosity."
> Lewis Fry Richardson (1881-1953)