Re: Alternate low-cost platform for OVC

From: Charlie Strauss <cems_at_earthlink_dot_net>
Date: Thu Jul 08 2004 - 01:10:37 CDT

On Jul 7, 2004, at 11:22 PM, David Mertz wrote:

>> 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.

Sun claims to be able to run 17" monitors over ethernet. And X for
text is pretty fast. but the real problem is as you point out X or VNX
requires a smart terminal, thus not solving the problem at all. It has
to be video out to the screen. Which some palm-like things can do.
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