I'm looking for a home server in a mini-desktop form factor. I was looking at raspberry pi but it's too slow. I've been eyeing the mac-mini but it's too expensive. As far as linux based OSs any other ideas for a tiny server?

  • As is written in the answer, if you know WHAT to serve and you really have to serve, you will know what kind of a machine you want and then the price not necessarily will be your concern. Until then, you can use any kind of a second-hand desktop/laptop to play with. Or NAS if you mean file server by "server", it's not clear yet.
    – user556625
    Feb 17, 2016 at 9:04
  • A HP Microserver could be a good bet, although its small rather than tiny. With the cashback offers they are ridiculously cheap.
    – James P
    Feb 17, 2016 at 9:34

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Lots of options, depending on your price / performance tradeoff curve.

An Intel NUC or equivalent may be a good idea.
For something less powerful the Edison. Less powerful again, the Beagleboard or cubieboard

There are plenty others as well.

Here is a comparison between the Pi, Beagleboard and Edison.

  • Don't forget, hardware recommendations are off-topic.
    – Paul
    Feb 17, 2016 at 10:26

Maybe you can use a Intel® Compute Stick than again, I don't know what your budget is or your demands are. As for Linux, you can install Linux on this Intel stick or buy one with all-ready installed.

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