Topton N6005 i225

I have purchased a "Topton N6005 i225" mini PC out of China.

It's fanless and draws between 10W and 15W.

There's a quality M.2 SSD and 2x8GB RAM coming from local suppliers. Also got a USB3.1 hub.

The need is for a desktop for some time (not sure how long). But it will eventually become redundant, and I expect to redeploy it as a firewall router.

Searching the archives suggests that the Intel I225-V igc driver is available in one way or another. So no great concern there.

Support for "Intel UHD Graphics 450MHz-900MHz" looks more problematic.

Has anyone got one of these things running a desktop?
 
Hmmm. This would run fine as a headless FreeBSD server, but I need the graphics for a desktop.

Looks like it's Linux for this beast, with KVM to run a FreeBSD VM. That will teach me to buy bleeding edge hardware!

Support for Jasper Lake UHD graphics went in the Linux kernel 5.5. It looks like the Intel I225-V Ethernet driver support happened at 5.11, but there were some mumblings. It's certainly working at 5.16. I intend to try Ubuntu 22.04 LTS, which is very recent, and the best way to get a newish Linux kernel (5.15) in a "stable" release. If that doesn't work, it's Debian bookworm (Linux 5.17.3 kernel in a "test" version of Debian)... I'll report back in a month, or so, when I have all the parts together.
 
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