“At Phoronix we have looked at a number of Gigabyte products from their motherboards to graphics cards and even wireless adapters. However, today is our first time looking at one of Gigabyte’s barebone solutions. The Gigabyte STA Thin Client, specifically the GB-STA-C7V7, is a mini-ITX solution that ships with a VIA C7 1.0GHz processor, UniChrome PRO graphics, is completely fan-free, and it’s all packed in a slim yet stylized chassis. However, does the Gigabyte STA Thin Client work with Linux? We’ll let you know today.”
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Gigabyte has jumped into the world of barebone thin clients with it’s STA Thin Client. Even though it ships with no memory or storage, it can handle both PATA and SATA drives, giving it a one up on other flash based thin clients. Phoronix, being who they are, immediately tried to install Linux on it. You might be surprised to hear that Fedora, Ubuntu, Mandriva, and even SLAX worked just fine, extending the possible usefulness of this thin client significantly.