I Like 'em Thin
by Annika Backstrom in misc, on 8 April 2003. It is tagged and #Computers.
Just placed the orders for my new thin client setup. Here's the "skinny," as it were:
- 1GHz C3 Processor
- Mini-ITX form factor
- RCA/S-Video Out
- USB 2.0
- Better pictures
- Approx. 12" x 11" x 2.5"
- Front USB/Firewire/Audio
- External power supply (fanless chassis)
- Note to self: next time, buy the PC2700 for \$3 more
- Allows for diskless booting over Ethernet
- 60 key layout
- Approx. 12" x 4"
Notice that there's no mention of an optical or hard drive. I'm going to attempt a netboot setup, which would give me a super-small, super-quiet diskless workstation. One can only hope
I decided go the route of a boot ROM behind a dual-NIC machine. I mulled over a flash disk module, but I'm more likely to encounter boot ROMs in the future, so I thought it best to try one now. (Though I think in practice they're pretty much the same. I may use one later to regain the single PCI slot.)
I'll probably blog any interesting updates, as well as revising my Linux Netboot project page.