Re: Alternate low-cost platform for OVC

From: David Mertz <voting-project_at_gnosis_dot_cx>
Date: Sat Jul 10 2004 - 00:05:29 CDT

Edward Cherlin <cherlin@pacbell.net> wrote:
|What in the World is an X Terminal?
|...instead of transmitting vast amounts of X information over the
|data link, the server software is executed on the host system
|and eliminates the time-consuming data transfer.

I know... I've used X Terminals on serial lines. Back in the 1980s
they seemed pretty spiffy. I can't imagine any voter not being deeply
disturbed by the experience today.

|[An X terminal] costs slightly more than an alphanumeric terminal
|and A WHOLE LOT LESS than an X workstation

Any actual *price* though? That Trident place seems quite cagey on
this... seeming to insinuate: "if you have to ask, you cannot afford
it."

|> But under either model, this would imply you need a whole
|> computer inside the display itself to render X11.
|An embedded, single-purpose computer running only the X protocol
|and renderer.

EXACTLY: A whole computer inside the display! I didn't say it needed
to be a high-end computer, but it sure as heck takes a lot more MIPS
than the flatscreen LCD in front of me. (I suppose my display
technically has some kind of CPU in it to make the OSD popup... maybe an
8-bit z80 or the like, or even an old Motorola 680x0)

|USB 2.0 wouldn't work for you?

Maybe for *me* to use, but certainly not for *voters*. Not within an
order of magnitude.

|If we put on a video port, we don't need an X terminal at all.
|Just a touch screen monitor.

Righty-O. That's what we need.
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