Is it just me or computer manufactures are actually opting for Linux based mini PCs these days? Few days ago Ubuntu Mate announced its partnership with Entroware for Linux based computers. And today German hardware manufacturer cirrus7, that specializes in mini PCs, has announced a new tiny PC named nimbini.
If you have never heard of cirrus7, you would probably not be the only one. cirrus7 is specifically focused on German market and this is why it’s not known in the rest of the world. But don’t underestimate cirrus7 for it has won the prestigious Red Dot award in Product Design category.
Coming back to the latest offering, nimbini, it is 150x150x87mm in size which is slightly bigger than Meerkat of System76. It will be preloaded with either Ubuntu 14.04 or Ubuntu 15.04. As for as configuration is concerned, it will have the following hardware:
- Intel 5th gen Broadwell processor i3/i5/i7
- M.2 SSD (capacity configurable)
- Scope for additional 2.5″ drive
- 4 USB 3.0 port
- 2 Mini Display Ports
- Gigabit Ethernet
- WiFi (optional)
- Audio Jack
If you are a DIY fan, you can opt to buy an un-assembled version of nimbini that comes in 90 separate parts. There is no information about price range but I would guess it to be in range of Euro 500. The preorder will start in the end of April and by mid-May it will start shipping. I am not sure if they ship outside Germany.
It will be interesting to see how would it fare with other Linux based mini PCs, especially against MintBox Mini. So for, most of the manufacturers have focused on Ubuntu but I would like to see other distributions preloaded on PCs, especially elementary OS Freya.