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Does Your Ubuntu PC Look This Cool?

PC cases for the most part look like… Well, look like a word I shouldn’t use on this site.

But with a bit of imagination, some paint, and plenty of LEDs a boring box can be transformed into a terrific-looking tower. Just like the following: a planned case mod by Ubuntu ISO tester Jackson Doak.


A render of Jackson’s dream Ubuntu PC Case Mod

Based on a Power Mac case, Jackson aims to use plenty of orange, plenty of LEDs and possibly even orange-coloured liquid as part of a water cooling system. The completed system will be used to test daily ISOs – so not only will it look Ubuntu, it’ll be helping Ubuntu, too.

Admittedly the size of the case means that it’s not quite as sublime as the mini Ubuntu PC concept we showed you a year back, but it is delicious enough to have my mouth-watering.

Head over to Jackson’s blog for the full skinny on his plans and if you’ve seen any awesome case mods – Ubuntu related or not – feel free to share them in the comments.

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Is This The Coolest Ubuntu PC Ever Built?


German hardware company Cirrus7 are gearing up to release a new Ubuntu-powered PC.

The aluminium-cased Cirrus7 Nimbus is tiny, measuring just 22cm x 22cm with a height a smidge over 5cm.

But since “mini-PCs” aren’t exactly hard to find Cirrus7 have made sure the Nimbus will stand out by making it fanless. From what we can discern the aluminium case is also a passive cooler, able to tame the heat from an Intel Core i7-3770T with a max TDP of 45W.


The Cirrus7 Nimbus will be available to customise online before buying, with a choice of three CPUs:

  • Intel i3-3220T @ 2.8Ghz (Dual Core)
  • Intel i5-3570T @ 2.2Ghz (Quad Core)
  • Intel i7-3770T @ 2.5 GHz (Quad Core)

Graphics wise this will offer Intel HD Graphics 2500 for the i3, and Intel HD Graphics 4000 for the i5 and i7.

One of three pre-installed operating systems can be housed on its own mSATA SSD inside the NImbus:

  • Ubuntu 12.04 LTS
  • Ubuntu 13.04
  • Windows 8

Two additional 2.5″ SATA HDDS will be available with extra storage. No word on RAM, or any internal extras like Bluetooth or WiFi, but those are pretty much a given.

Cirrus7 Nimbus Ports

Image credit: Cirrus7

Based on a prototype image shared by the company earlier in the year the following ports will be available:

  • 4 x USB 2.0
  • 4 x USB 3.0
  • HDMI Out
  • Display Port
  • Digital Audio Out
  • 2 x Ethernet
  • Mic in/Audio out

Starting price will be €699 with an expected release date of ‘late May’.

For more information on the device, and see a few extra images, head over the Cirrus7 Website (In German):

Nimbus PC on Cirrus7 Blog

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