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The Microsoft gaming console.

But you can also run Linux (Debian/Xbox) on it and even make it your server or firewall. The hardware is quite cheap because its sponsored by MS. who want to make the real money with the games and accessories (which you dont really need;).

Microsoft XBox Performance Sheet
XBox Playstation 2 Gamecube
CPU 733 MHz 294.912 MHz 485MHz Power PC
Graphics Processor 233 MHz custom-designed chip, developed by Microsoft and nVidia 147.456MHz 162 MHz Custom chip "Flipper"
Total Memory 64MB 32MB 40MB
Memory Bandwidth 6.4GB/sec 3.2 GB/sec 2.6GB/sec
Polygon Performance 116.5 M/sec 66 M/sec 6-12 M/sec
Simultaneous Textures 4 1 N/A
Pixel Fill Rate - No texture 3.7 G/Sec 2.4 G/Sec N/A
Pixel Fill Rate - 1 Texture 3.7 G/Sec 1.2 G/Sec N/A
Pixel Fill Rate - 2 Textures 3.7 G/Sec 0.6 G/Sec N/A
Compressed Textures Yes (6:1) No ST3C compressed textures (6:1).
Built in Hard Disk Yes No No
I/O Game controller x4 Ethernet (10/100) Game controller x2 USB IEEE1394 PCMCIA Game controller x4 High-speed serial port x2 High-speed parallel port
Audio Channels 256 48 64
3D Audio Support in Hardware Yes (64 3D channels) No N/A
Dolby® Digital 5.1 Surround Sound in Hardware Yes No No
MIDI+DLS Support Yes Yes N/A
Hardware audio filtering and EQ Yes No N/A
Broadband enabled Yes Optional Optional
DVD Movie playback Remote control accessory required Yes No
HDTV Movie support Yes Yes No
HDTV Game support Yes No N/A
Maximum resolution 1920x1080 1280x1024 N/A
Maximum resolution (2 x 32bpp frame buffers + Z) 1920x1080 640x480 N/A
US Launch Date November 2001 October 2000 November 2001

Free Xbox Homebrew Software[edit]