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



Never underestimate the usefullness of being able to bolt the brains to the
back of the display.

http://www.norhtec.com/products/mcsr/index.html

The cpu is not very powerful but the graphics supports offloaded video
decompression.

Plus these:
http://www.logicsupply.com/categories/mainboards/pico_itx

with tech data here:
http://www.via.com.tw/en/initiatives/spearhead/pico-itx/

Be sure to look at devices using the VX700 graphics:
http://www.via.com.tw/en/products/chipsets/v-series/vx700/index.jsp

The link at the bottom of the page leads to linux drivers here:
http://linux.via.com.tw/support/downloadFiles.action

however, I'm pretty convinced it's in the mainstream X packaging and kernel
now.

On Fri, Jun 25, 2010 at 8:33 AM, William Fragakis <william at fragakis.com>wrote:

> 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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