[K12OSN] Science probes with thin clients

Steven Santos steven at simplycircus.com
Thu Apr 12 16:46:17 UTC 2007

I have connected a fair number of scientific tools to Linux (mostly dynos).
I have had some that worked, and some that didn't work.   Without knowing
what scientific tools are involved, we can only guess.


Steven Santos
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> -----Original Message-----
> From: k12osn-bounces at redhat.com [mailto:k12osn-bounces at redhat.com]On
> Behalf Of Sudev Barar
> Sent: Thursday, April 12, 2007 12:42 PM
> To: Support list for open source software in schools.
> Subject: Re: [K12OSN] Science probes with thin clients
> On 12/04/07, Todd O'Bryan <toddobryan at mac.com> wrote:
> > The chemistry lab down the hall was just renovated thanks to a generous
> > gift from some parents. Unfortunately, the money ran out before the
> > computers could be bought.
> >
> > It's a perfect environment for thin clients, except that one of the big
> > things that the teacher needs is the ability to interface with various
> > kinds of probes and such. He tells me most of them use USB, but that
> > leaves open the question of drivers and whether you can get them working
> > on a thin client.
> >
> > Does anybody use thin clients in science labs with probes and other
> > "science-y" equipment? Any success stories I could share?
> I was waiting to see if some positive response could be forthcoming.
> However silence confirm what I suspect that it would be difficult to
> set up thin clients to take up probe connections. Not impossible but
> difficult.
> That said you should be able to run probes from fat desktops and even
> building a lab full of fat desktops running open source would still
> mean quite a cost saving.
> Hoping some one else has a solution for you.
> --
> Regards,
> Sudev Barar
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