New MintBox 2 is on its Way

by Ostatic Staff - Jun. 27, 2013

Last year the Linux Mint project in association with CompuLab introduced the mintBox, a tiny Linux Mint computer about the size of a cable modem. "It’s tiny, it’s silent, it’s extremely versatile," so said Clement Lefebvre, founder of Mint. Well, today, Lefebvre previewed the next generation of MintBox.

In June 2012 the original mintBox shipped with 1.0 GHz dual core CPU, 4 GB RAM, and a 250 GB hard drive for $476. A "Pro" version upped the CPU to 1.65 GHz and the RAM to 8 GB for another $73. Linux Mint 13 was the operating system then, featuring the Cinnamon desktop.

The original mintBox

Introducing the MintBox 2

Earlier today, Lefebvre said he could share some information about the new model of mintBox, dubbed MintBox 2. Based on an unspecified Intel i5 processor, Lefebvre says it should offer four times the performance as the original mintBox Pro. It'll feature 4 GB RAM, a 500 GB hard drive, and dual Gigabit ethernet connections. The new PC will also come with a five year warranty (up from one of the originals). The new price is up a bit as well to $599.

MintBox 2, dramatized. The real one isn't actually filled with mints.

No estimated availability date was given, but the original mintBox Basic is on sale for $379.