This article describes how to build your own silent, fast, eco-friendly Debian-based PC for use in the living room.
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Yet, a real Linux computer is a toolbox that can do anything the user is capable of doing with it. For about the cost of an entry-level Sonos setup, the system described here can also serve as a LAMP server and development host, a digital video recorder with high-definition component video capabilities, or as a silent livingroom Web and email kiosk, to name a few possibilities. So, there are tradeoffs on both sides of the build/buy equation.