Thanks to individuals developers, we’ve been able to get Linux distributions based on Ubuntu, or Debian run on HDMI TV dongles for about a year, but nearly all of them just come with Android and that’s it. The only two exceptions I can think of are PengPod Pengstick and FXI Technologies Cotton Candy, where actively work on Ubuntu support, and provide images to boot from microSD. But now, Devon IT has developed a mini PC, called Ceptor powered by Freescale i.MX 6Dual processor with 1GB RAM, and up to 32GB Flash. It runs Linux-based ZeTOS operating system, and is destined at creating virtual desktop solutions for the enterprise.
The casing just looks like HiaPad Hi802 or Zealz GK802 , but the internal specifications are slightly different:
- SoC – Freescale i.MX 6Dual @ 1 GHz + Vivance GC2000 GPU
- System Memory – 512MB or 1GB DDR3
- Storage – up to 32GB eMMC flash
- Video Output – HDMI (1080p)
- Wifi – 802.11 a/b/g/n (2.4GHz and 5GHz)
- Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR
- USB – 1x OTG port +1x USB Host port
- Misc – Reset button, and power/WiFi status LED
- Power – 5V DC input jack
- Dimensions – 111 x 39 x 16 mm
The device runs ZeTOS, a Linux-based operating systems for zero client terminals. In thin client jargon, zero client are similar to thin clients, but usually less powerful, and some may have specialized SoCs to handle visualization protocols. Ceptor boots from ZetOS which then download Linux-based DeTOS operating system from the Cloud.
Linuxgizmos reports Ceptor should ship in July for under $99. The price includes a year of software support and maintenance. The device will still work after one year, but a charge will be levied for upgrades and phone support. There’s currently no related page on Devon IT website, but you can ask more information on Ceptor.
Jean-Luc started CNX Software in 2010 as a part-time endeavor, before quitting his job as a software engineering manager, and starting to write daily news, and reviews full time later in 2011.