[K12OSN] Here's a thin client that ought to be great!

"Terrell Prudé Jr." microman at cmosnetworks.com
Fri Dec 19 17:55:52 UTC 2008

That's actually why I pointed out this little Shuttle box.  The Norhtec 
MicroClient box looks *great*...except for possibly anemic video 
performance out of the box for LTSP.  This is due to VIA's refusal to 
publish their chipset programming docs.  Anything with Intel video, 
therefore, catches my attention positively.

Maybe these Atom systems will finally get VIA off its keester to 
actually publish the doggone docs!

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James P. Kinney III wrote:
> I like these:
> http://www.norhtec.com/products/mcsr/index.html
> still working on getting the mplayer version twiddled with so it uses
> the hardware decompression ability for mpeg2/4/WMV video in the graphics
> chip.
> On Thu, 2008-12-18 at 18:21 -0500, Terrell Prude' Jr. wrote:
>> It's one of the new Intel Atom systems in one of those mini-ITX cases.  
>> Its intended market is as a low-power thick-client PC for the home.  But 
>> the specs make it look like it'd be the near-perfect thin client.
>> Shuttle XPC X27-BK-V1 ATOM230
>> 1.6GHz Atom 230 CPU
>> Integrated Intel GMA950 graphics (both DVI and analog VGA outputs)
>> 1 DDR-2 DIMM (2GB max)
>> PXE-booting Gig-E
>> Realtek ALC662 audio
>> I/O Ports: 4x USB 2.0 Ports; 1x Serial Port, 1x ATA-100 Channel; 2x SATA
>> 60W power supply
>> Price:  $191.70/ea at SuperBiiz.
>> Since 1GB DDR2-800 sticks can be had for less than $10, this looks like 
>> a heckuva deal for those who want to kit an LTSP system with new thin 
>> clients.  Plus, such clients would have the horsepower to run local apps 
>> well (e. g. Firefox w/ Flash or Java).
>> The only thing that would make it "perfect", IMO, would be built-in 
>> provisions to bolt it into those VESA screw holes on the back of modern 
>> LCD monitors.
>> --TP
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