Subject: arm board as a thin client
To: None <firstname.lastname@example.org>
From: Raphael Langerhorst <email@example.com>
Date: 08/04/2006 16:53:02
I'm looking into lowering the power consumption, noise and size of my compu=
network infrastructure (that is, replace a couple of fat PCs with small arm=
I have one server that acts as an X11 Terminal Server and a few other PCs t=
connect to this server as X11 Terminals (XDMCP). I would like to use=20
low-power, low-noise arm boards as thin clients instead. They only need to =
able to run an X11 server, either from an PXE boot image or an on-board (CF=
or MMC card) installation. The main requirement is probably a graphics=20
adapter that is capable of 1024x768 with 16 or (if possible) 24 bit colours=
This naturally means memory requirements of more than 1 MB (1MB is typical=
for PC 104 or similar graphics adapters, AFAIK).
What about the TS-7300? Is it already supported by NetBSD?
The TS-7200 has no graphics adapter on-board, but has PC104 interface.
The armadillo has 8 bits in 1024x768, and AFAIK the TODO file even says tha=
X11 isn't working on that board yet.
It would be even better if the graphics adapter has a DVI interface instead=
Does anyone have experience with using arm boards as thin clients? Which bo=
would you recommend? I would appreciate any experience and suggestions.
The server is of course running NetBSD and I also want the arm boards to ru=
Thanks a lot!
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