Re: Alternate low-cost platform for OVC

From: Edward Cherlin <cherlin_at_pacbell_dot_net>
Date: Wed Jul 07 2004 - 12:11:08 CDT

On Wednesday 07 July 2004 07:55 am, charlie strauss wrote:

> p.s. I still think palm pilot-like devices plugged into
> full-sized screens and keyboards are the way to go due
> simplification of robustness in rough handling, battery
> operation, transport, storage, and physical security.

Maybe, but not Palm. Use Open Source devices to run Open Source
software. The Simputer runs Linux and comes with a smartcard
reader/writer built in, and USB ports for keyboards, printers,
and CD-ROM drives. The monochrome version costs $200. There are
several other Linux handhelds, though none that I know of with
smartcard readers or USB.

On the other hand, ThizLinux boxes also cost $200, including the
CD-ROM drive. So what is the advantage of the handheld? It only
makes sense to me in villages and refugee camps that lack
electricity. I don't think that battery operation is a plus for
voting in areas that have regular electricity.

Why would a handheld give better physical security than any other
computer? Do you mean that you can lock more of them up in a
given volume?

Edward Cherlin
Generalist & activist--Linux, languages, literacy and more
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