Re: Alternate low-cost platform for OVC

From: Alan Dechert <alan_at_openvotingconsortium_dot_org>
Date: Wed Jul 07 2004 - 13:29:39 CDT

The only reservation I have with the Simputer is external display support.
A real small display just won't work for use as a voting system--not in the
U.S., anyway, where we have big complicated ballots.

I have received a minibook eval unit. The foot print is 5.5 inches by 6
inches. It has an internal drive bay for the CD. This will run about
$450 - 500 including the CDR and all the normal ports PCs have. It also has
256 meg RAM and 20 gig HD 1.3 GHZ Celeron, so it could be quite functional
as a general purpose computer in offices or schools.

Alan D.

> 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
> "A knot! Oh, do let me help to undo it!"
> --Alice in Wonderland
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