Re: Alternate low-cost platform for OVC

From: David Mertz <voting-project_at_gnosis_dot_cx>
Date: Thu Jul 08 2004 - 00:22:12 CDT

> On Wednesday 07 July 2004 11:29 am, Alan Dechert wrote:
>> The only reservation I have with the Simputer is external display
>> support.

On Jul 8, 2004, at 1:09 AM, Edward Cherlin wrote:
> It runs X, and can display on any size X terminal through the
> serial port or Ethernet.

Yikes! How long does it take to refresh a 1280x1024 screen over a
serial port, a few minutes?! I have trouble imagining that would be
anywhere close to fast enough, or even within an order of magnitude of
fast enough.

Ethernet isn't bad, though still slightly sluggish for video. If
you've used VNC you have an idea... it works, but the visual delays
could put off voters.

But under either model, this would imply you need a whole computer
inside the display itself to render X11. I know there are smart
terminals out there, but this is a whole lot more hardware than a dumb
LCD screen.

> X terminal. In any case, we can build Simputers to spec. If you
> want a video output, no problem.

OK, that's workable. I can't see any kind of non-video port as really
being worth talking about. But if you can put on a VGA port--or I
guess digital video output nowadays (I've never used that, but I know
many monitors now do that)--that should be a possibility.
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