Mini Linux Computer Under $15




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In this instructible I will show you how to make a mini Linux computer under $15. it will run Damm Small Linux and will connect to a monitor through a dvi cable.

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Step 1: Get the Stuff!

No, I am not crazy, I have actually made a Linux computer with only 10 or so dollars

this is what you will need.

1. Flash drive (already had that lying around) but all it has to be is 100mb so you could find one for super cheap or free.

2. A WYSE c10le thin client (I found one at for RePC $10, they have whole crates full of them)

3. A dvi cable and monitor (if you have a desktop PC you should have these)

4. A computer with internet connection

Step 2: Download the Software!

all of this software is free

get a copy of Damn small Linux right Here

get a copy of Rufus right Here

Step 3: Burn the OS

select the image file, and your flash drive in rufus and click start.

Step 4: Put Everything Together

plug your monitor into the WYSE and turn it on. hold down P on your keyboard until a boot menu appears. then select your flash drive and press enter when damn small Linux pops up.

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4 months ago

It really is a nice little setup . Had everything laying around anyways. Everything except the wyse client that I think I paid 14 bux for on eBay. Thanks for the post!


3 years ago

By the way, eBay has a lot of ten dollar Linux boxes just like the one presented here and that is where i found mine! with shipping i believe it came to about 20$. That is a great solution to scripts i was finding on my pc and macair that collected everything including metadata, not metadata and .... there were lines that collected my credit card info as well as my browsing history and everything someone would need to really mess up my life. with linux i believe i will be able to solve these problems mainly because i will be writing what i would like to do! thank you again for a great tutorial. i would be suffering the inadequacies of everything else. now it is time to turn the tables and build the ninja penetration tester and see who has been stalking me.


3 years ago

thank you greatly for the info! i have been having hacker problems with my server as it is now, now i can actually just use a linux box and a thumb drive. again, great tutorial!


4 years ago on Introduction

I made it with openwrt and also S10 as mini web server


4 years ago

Update: it currently can run any tiny live Linux disro


4 years ago on Introduction

I am trying to get this to work as a bitcoin miner. hope it works.


4 years ago

Wow £75!!! Thats crazy!!!

I'm using WYSE V90 as home server with debian on it but after HDD died I'll use now openWRT. Great hardware for playing with linux.