I just bought an old, discarded Fit-PC2. Although old and used, I think it was a bargain! Just have a look at these specs (notice the power consumption):

  • CPU: Intel Atom Z530 1.6GHz
  • RAM: 1GB DDR2-533
  • HDD: 160GB SATA 2.5", 5400 RPM
  • 1 Gigabyte ethernet port
  • 4 USB 2.0 ports
  • 2 mini-USB 2.0 ports
  • 1 mini-SD socket
  • 1 IR receiver 
  • DVI output (using HDMI connector)
  • Power consumption: 6W idle, 7W reading H.264 8W at full load
  • Shipped with Ubuntu

The device comes with an old 5400 RPM HDD. I am fortunate enough to have another disk on 250GB running 7200 RPM. Since this disk is faster, larger and probably have been used less I replaced the original disk with this one. 

 Since I'm a Debian kinda guy I would like to run Debian rather then Ubuntu. The device comes with a lot of USB ports, so my take was to install Debian using an bootable USB device (which I have never actually tried before).

I am not the owner of a 4GB or more USB stick that can be formatted. I do, on the other hand, have an very old (like 10+ years) 128MB stick. Since we're talking Debian, simply download the "mini.iso" file and your good to go.

Once downloaded simply install it on the stick using the "dd" command (I'm running Linux on my laptop, so I simply did it from here). Insert the USB stick (notice the device name, e.g. /dev/sdb - see dmesg if in doubt). Then simply install the iso using this command:

dd if=<file> of=<device> bs=4M; sync

In my case it was simply a matter of running this:

dd if=/tmp/mini.iso of=/dev/sdb bs=4M; sync

The Fit-PC2 device have by default the following boot order: USB stick, USB CD/DVD, HDD. So all that is left now is simply to plugin in the stick and boot up the device.

And now a few images: