I have a client who has an application that he wants to deploy in his customer's offices as a headless 'appliance'. Basically, just a black box that you can plug into a Lan, turn it on, and it runs. No floppy disk or CD, no monitor/keyboard, just remotely managed.

This application won't store any critical data, so it doesn't need redundancy. It just needs to be reasonably reliable, compact, and quiet.

My first recommendation was to use a Mac Mini, but that excellent bit of hardware was deemed 'not professional enough'. So now I am looking for a compact pc that can run FreeBSD, of course. I think it probably just needs a power supply, tiny motherboard with onboard ethernet, usb, etc., and hard drive.

If anyone has a recommendation (or if their are any vendors lurking), please shoot me an email off list. I'll compile a list of recommendations and post it all at once, in case anyone else is interested in this.

Thanks: John -- jalmberg at identry dot com
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