Re: Fw: Meet the $499 Mac.

From: Nathan L. Adams <nadams_at_ieee_dot_org>
Date: Fri Aug 26 2005 - 09:28:09 CDT

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Alan Dechert wrote:
> How about this as the cpu for a voting station?
<snip Apple advert>

Apple is one of the most proprietary platforms on the market. While OS X
is built off of the F/OSS Darwin, OS X itself is hard-core proprietary
stuff (the BSD license at work). If you just want something small,
simple, and cheap go with VIA's Mini-ITX line:

http://www.via.com.tw/en/initiatives/spearhead/mini-itx/

The mini-ITX line is completely x86 compatible, so Linux has no problems
running on top of it. The older, less featured mobo's (Keep It Simple,
Sir) are dropping in price, and if a OVC manufacturer were to buy large
quanitities I'm sure VIA would cut a deal.

Afterwords the machines could be used in school, re-sold as
Internet/Multimedia desktops, etc.

Nathan

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