The Penguin X Mini Edition GNU / Linux Desktop

The Penguin X Mini Edition GNU / Linux Desktop
When it comes to support not all hardware is alike. We pride ourselves in shipping systems that can be properly supported by the GNU/Linux community. By utilizing the right set of chips and components where a complete set of source code exists users aren't left wondering whether or not they'll be able to cleanly upgrade from one release to another or continue to have support for graphics/wifi/sound/printer/or other peripherals/components.

The Penguin X Mini Edition GNU / Linux desktop introduces support for the 10 & 11th Gen T series Intel® Core™ desktop processors - the most powerful generation of Intel® Core™ desktop processors yet. Whether you are looking for a powerful entertainment system or one for creating and sharing content this new generation of processors is ready to take you to the next level.

  • Available with a properly supported free software wifi card (something missing from most new systems)

  • Available with up to a 11th generation T series low power 8-core Intel i9 CPU

  • Ships with next generation network connectivity: One 2.5Gbps LAN controller

  • Expandable: Supports up to 64GB of DDR4, a 4TB NVME SSD drive, & two 2.5" SATA drives

  • Support for most popular and libre (free) Linux distributions

  • For superior support and freedoms sake there are no dependence on OS-loaded binary blobs or proprietary drivers

Looking for additional photos? Here is a back shot and a front shot of the system.

International Order? We stock US/Canadian, [censored] ("UK" style plug type G), [censored] ("Europlug"), Japan, New Zealand, and Australian AC adapters/plugs. For other countries please inquire. Shipping to most international destinations takes 3-5 business days. Taxes/duties not included. If the configuration you want is not an option below please contact support with your regional requirements.

All laptops and desktops are assembled at our US facility. This means taxes are not included in the prices shown. The taxes depend on the final destination of the goods rather than where the order was assembled. Orders going outside the US will therefore have any local taxes collected on delivery. To get an idea about the local tax rate in your country check out this wikipedia article.

Category Specification
CPU (Max Support) i9 t-series CPU
Socket 1200
Chipset Intel® H510 Chipset
DDR4 Memory 3200(MAX) / 3000 / 2933 / 2800 / 2666 / 2400 / 2133 MHz
Memory Channel Dual
DIMM Slots 2
Max Memory (GB) 64
PCI-E x16 (up to PCIe 4.0 for 11th Gen, 3.0 for 10th) 1 (please note that the case does not support full or low profile cards)
M.2 Slot (NVME) 1 (note: this comes occupied depending on configuration)
TPM (header) 1
LAN 1x Realtek ® 8125B 2.5Gbps LAN controller
Optional WiFi Chip Qualcomm Atheros QCA9565 (802.11n 2.4 Ghz)
USB 3.2 ports ("Front") note: case does not include front USB ports, although an internal port is available
USB 3.2 ports (Rear) 2(Gen 1, Type A)
USB 2.0 ports (Front) note: case does not include front USB ports, although an internal port is available
USB 2.0 ports (Rear) 4
Audio ports (Rear) Realtek® ALC897 Codec
DisplayPort 1
Motherboard/Enclosure Form Factor Mini-ITX
Graphics (details) 1x HDMI 2.0b with HDR port, supports a maximum resolution of 4K 60Hz
1x DisplayPort 1.4 port, supports a maximum resolution of 5120x3200 60Hz
* Depending on CPU selected
Storage 4x SATA 6Gb/s ports
1x M.2 2280 slot (up to PCIe 3.0 or SATA 6Gb/s)
Color Black
Dimensions 8 11/16 W x 7 9/16 D x 2 1/2 H inches
Default distribution Most recent version of Linux Mint
Power PicoPSU-80 or 120 and 60W or 120W adapter depending on CPU
Compatible with Linux, Microsoft® Windows® 10 64-bit(UEFI mode only)
(MS Windows not included nor technical support included)

Have questions?
E-mail support or call us at: 1-888-39-THINK (84465)

Out Of Warranty & Other Support Services Available
For Mail-In Service Add (Per Computer) $39
USB Peripherals Setup/Tutorial
(Printers, Portable Audio Players, etc.)
Operating System Installs $65
Software Installations $39
Networked Peripherals Setup/Tutorial (Printers, etc.) $39
Data Transfers of up to 4TB $59
Data Transfers of up to 8TB $99
Diagnostics (this is only if no repairs are made) $65
Upgrades/Repair (per half hour; if no others apply) $65
Phone Support (per half-hour / non-warranty) $65
OS Media $39
Discounted blocks of phone support are available for purchase. It's US $230 for 5 half hour blocks and US $400 for 10.
Partial List Of Supported Releases:

Trisquel 10, 11
Slint 15+ (includes proper support for visually impaired users)
Linux Mint 19, 19.1, 19.2, 19.3, 20, 20.1, 20.2, 20.3, 21, 21.1, 21.2, 21.2 Edge, 21.3, 21.3 Edge
Ubuntu 19.10, 20.04, 20.10, 21.04, 21.10, 22.04, 22.10, 23.04, 23.10, 24.04
Kubuntu 17.10, 18.04, 18.10, 19.04, 19.10, 20.04, 20.10, 21.04, 21.10, 22.04, 22.10, 23.04, 23.10, 24.04
Lubuntu 17.10, 18.04, 18.10, 19.04, 19.10, 20.04, 20.10, 21.04, 21.10, 22.04, 22.10, 23.04, 23.10, 24.04
Debian 11, 12
Linux Mint Debian Edition (LMDE) 5, 6
Fedora 34, 35, 36, 37, 38, 39, 40
Manjaro 21.2.2+
AlmaLinux 9 Series 9.0, 9.1, 9.2, 9.3, 9.4
Rocky Linux 9 Series 9.0, 9.1, 9.2, 9.3, 9.4
Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) 9 Series 9.0, 9.1, 9.2, 9.3, 9.4
openSUSE Leap 15.5+
openSUSE Tumbleweed

Most recently released distributions are compatible out of the box. Contact us for details about support for your preferred distribution.

If your computer has ever come to a crawl you probably didn't have enough memory. A lack of memory is the leading cause of systems becoming unbearably slow. So stock up now when memory is dirt cheap and avoid those expensive upgrades.

M.2 SSD drives are a new smaller form factor type of hard drive that are much faster than traditional 'spinning disk' drives. SSD drives will usually cut boot and application start times by about half. The newest of NVME M.2 SSD drives are even faster.

Don't just get a bigger drive. Get a faster drive. Experience twice the speed with a new solid state drive. Newer SSD technology can give you that boost you always wanted cutting start times in half and increasing the speed of programs.

Is one drive not enough? Add a 2nd. Whether you need a system configured with a mix of fast (SSD), reliable (traditional drive), and inexpensive (mixed)- or plain out raided for redundancy to ensure your important data doesn't go bye-bye we got it.

The disk(s) can be partitioned using one of a few different schemes. If unsure choose the first option. If you want something else entirely select other and enter the description of how you want the system setup in the distribution to install section.

Upgrade to Blu-ray today! Our Blu-ray drives suppport writing discs up to 100GB in size. Thanks to a compatible SATA to USB bridge our writer can also be flashed with third party firmware to improve support for playback of 4k Blu-ray content.

Looking to pick up some high quality discs compatible with your new drive? We stock CD, DVD, and Blu-ray discs. Select from a variety of media types, quantities, and spindles.

If your planning to place your desktop at a distance from your modem/router you may want to add a wireless connection. The built-in ethernet is fast, but wifi makes connecting to the internet quick and easy no matter where your system is going.

If you want more desk space, a newer flat panel monitor may be just what you need. Flat panel monitors take up less desk space and have wider screens for a larger viewing area. Only available for shipping within continental US via UPS ground.

Get a a pair of best-in-class speakers and hear the world like you've never heard it before! There are many options for speakers, but not all are created equal. We've gone and selected some of the best speakers on the market to offer. * Ships to USA only.

Match the décor of your new PC with a keyboard and mouse that isn't tied to Microsoft. All of our desktop keyboards and mice are of high quality and never include a MS logo (more keyboard & mice products)

Get the piece of mind knowing that if your computer has a problem there are knowledgeable GNU/Linux experts you can call on for help. Our extended warranty offers protection for up to 3 years from the date of purchase for both parts and labor.

Don't have a VPN provider yet? Get PenguinVPN! If this is purchased with a computer we'll pre-configure your computer for access to our privacy friendly VPN service. For the maximum protection get a router with our PenguinVPN service.

Get a printer that works for you! We have a variety of models from inexpensive inkjet printers, cost effective B&W lasers, all-in-one office printers, and even high end color laser printers.

Select one of our awesome mouse pads. Check out the great pictures in our catalog.

Home theater PC? Get a wireless remote with the system and easily turn the system on/off without getting up off the couch.

Get extra ports! If you have lots of accessories take advantage of a USB hub to keep everything organized and connected.

Our AC adapters are compatible with power grids from around the world. However different countries and regions utilize different power outlets which require different plugs/cables. Select whats right for you. Unsure? Contact support

Protect your investment with a surge protector or uninterruptible power supply. When power is interrupted, or fluctuates outside safe levels, a UPS instantly provides clean battery backup power and surge protection for plugged-in, sensitive equipment.

Most USB data transfer cables on the market include a proprietary flash component that interferes with their usability. With our USB data transfer cable no such component exists. You can utilize standard file transfer tools supported under GNU/Linux.

Do you practice good PC hygiene? Need to transfer data? Get a USB drive! Need speed? Upgrade to a SSD! Drives formatted with fat32 have optimal compatibility between operating systems. Ext4 is better for backups and data transfer in GNU/Linux.

Joining the free software revolution is easy! Pick up a introductory book to learn the basics and how to administer your system. Explore the desktop and check out popular applications in your distribution of choice.

We can install just about any distribution of which there is a recent release. Enter the distribution you would like installed and any configuration requests here. A list of commonly requested distributions have been vetted at the top of the page.