Re: Alternate low-cost platform for OVC

From: Edward Cherlin <cherlin_at_pacbell_dot_net>
Date: Thu Jul 08 2004 - 00:09:53 CDT

On Wednesday 07 July 2004 11:29 am, Alan Dechert wrote:
> 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.

It runs X, and can display on any size X terminal through the
serial port or Ethernet. I don't know whether youp can get a USB
X terminal. In any case, we can build Simputers to spec. If you
want a video output, no problem.

> 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.

Make and model?

Screen size and resolution?

> 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
> > http://cherlin.blogspot.com

-- 
Edward Cherlin
Generalist & activist--Linux, languages, literacy and more
"A knot! Oh, do let me help to undo it!"
--Alice in Wonderland
http://cherlin.blogspot.com
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