What is the smallest machine that one could use for Drupal development? Do you need a laptop? No. The Nokia N800 Internet Tablet is enough, or to be more exact, will be enough once SQLite hits core. PHP (with preg and ereg engines and with SQLite) and lighttpd is compiled on maemo (the Linux distribution N800 runs) and they work together nicely. The speed? From very basic benchmarks, it's 5-10 times slower than my 1.1 GHz Intel Celeron M CPU (Intel Core based). So you would not do real webhosting on it, but it is on par or even faster than an Intel Pentium I. Not too shabby from a 200 gram machine... grab a ThinkOutside Sierra foldable BT keyboard to go with and you can have your full Drupal development environment in your pockets.
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