[K12OSN] Outdoor Thin Client (and possibly wireless)
carl at snarlnet.com
Wed May 17 04:21:41 UTC 2006
2 Possibly related questions.
Preamble: The reason I installed a K12ltsp server in my house was so
that when the time came I could plop a $0-$50 computer anywhere in the
house and have a decent workstation. My kids use the one in the living
room and I use it and the one in the kitchen to play music via mp3's. I
also use the clients to surf the web and check email, etc. I am
planning on deploying thin clients in the kids' rooms when they ask for
Anyway, with the nice whether I'm suddenly struck with the overpowering
urge to put a client out in the backyard - mainly for tunes while I'm
gardening, cooking, entertaining and hanging out. I want it to be a
permanent installation with an amp and speakers. What are the pitfalls
of doing this? I have no budget for the project, but I was going to try
to get a cheap cabinet or something (and weatherproof it to the best of
my ability) to serve as a "shed" for it. But it can't have a flat panel
or nice cpu, or be a laptop. Does anyone have any advice for somebody
about to attempt such a thing? ("Don't." Perhaps) I don't want to
electrocute anyone, start a fire or hurt my network, etc. There's
already GFCI electrical outlet right where I want to put it.
The second question is, does anyone know when fedora (and therefore
k12ltsp ) is going to support "G" wireless cards? I installed Fedora
via my trusty K12ltsp 4.4.2 disks on a friends laptop, but now we're
finding it impossible to get wifi working. I even tried the ndis
(IIRC) wrapper but I couldn't find the kernel source in the install to
recompile it. (Probably a sign from the scandanavian gods that I
shouldn't attempt such a thing.)
I'm also wondering if a wireless "G" thin client is possible, therefore
simplifying the outdoor scenario.
Any feedback would be greatly appreciated.
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