raspberrypi, an educational computer minimalist in every sense, has just been released at GBP 22
. It comes with Linux preinstalled ...http://www.raspberrypi.org/
There are a number of similar devices around, such as the Pandaboard - see here for a post about making it run Salix. In general, no peripherals are included, and there may or may not be the all the ports you might want to attach them.http://www.salixos.org/forum/viewtopic.php?f=24&t=2478&p=15659&hilit=Pandaboard#p15659
These aren't really meant for day-to-day use, though. However, CuBox and Cotton Candy (also just launched) seem to be aimed at the home user:http://www.solid-run.com/products/cuboxhttp://www.fxitech.com/products/
Unlike the hobbyist / engineering products above, these come with 1GB of memory, a reasonable video card, and are seriously intended to be plugged into a monitor and keyboard and off you go.
It seems likely there will be more such products. (In fact I'm sure there already are, but those are the ones I found by a bit of searching). The CuBox (EUR 99) is half the price of the Cotton Candy, and comes with more sockets and a power supply. I'm not very good at reading hardware specs but the two look comparable in terms of power.
If something like this could actually be a viable machine (using ARMed Slackware and Salicifying it as described in the post linked above), at that price, it seems worth exploring. I also like the idea of low power consumption, no fan noise, and greater resistance to tropical humidity and dust (no fan).