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[ale] Good think clients to use for house automation/kids/tv



oops, bad link for the msi. That's a dual core. A single core will do
just fine. Newegg seems out of them at the moment. Dual cores will do if
you need to run the apps locally (on the client not the server) for some
reason. 

regards,
William

On Fri, 2010-06-25 at 02:07 -0400, jrtroberts wrote:
> I am working with a friend of mine to slowly get his house setup for 
> home automation.  He is trying to get his house setup as a demo house 
> for home automation packages, an entrepreneurial business he owns.  He 
> is not the most tech savvy guy I have ever met, but he has some money 
> and a strong desire to make this work.  I was hoping that someone at ALE 
> has had some experience with thin clients and home automation with linux.
> 
> He has two daughters in grade school and would like them to have thin 
> clients in their rooms.  He would also like to have streaming video to 
> his TV's and possibly some other thin clients for things such as 
> security management, lighting control, sprinkler control, and anything 
> else he can roll into the home automation package.  I am aware that he 
> may not need thin clients for all of this, but I would still like to 
> understand my options.
> 
> His primary system is an Ubuntu 9.10x64 desktop system.  Because issues 
> with the mobo and 10.04 we cannot upgrade until drivers and other issues 
> are figured out on the linux side.  It is a core2 quad with 8 gigs of 
> ram, 2 gig nics, and plenty of storage capacity.  I am hoping that 
> setting up roaming user accounts and terminal services is a fairly 
> straight forward task.  Whether it is or not, I could use some input on 
> this subject as well.
> 
> The more important issue is pricing or building the thin clients.  Is 
> there a good company to look into when buying thin clients for this type 
> of environment.  I am very inexperienced with this type of hardware and 
> generally inexperienced with linux as whole.  Any help would be greatly 
> appreciated.
> 
> Thanks for your time.
> 
> Joshua Roberts
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