I have been working on setting up a thin-client Linux system. I am using Ubuntu as the server and using old PIII laptops to connect as the client. While this is an easy to maintain and cost efficient solution, you still need a lot of hardware to set the system up. Well I was sent an email about some new projects for thin-clients that are not only cutting down on the hardware it cuts down on cost too. Go to here for more information on the how the system will work. Also go to here for the hardware. Now this stuff is still to new that they don’t have prices or hardware available. And the systems are designed to be very affordable for people with little money. It is an interesting concept that I am interested in setting up. It works by using a NIVO (network in, video out) device. The small device takes an Ethernet connection in and sends out your PS2 ports and VGA port. That’s all there is to the device. So instead of using a full computer you just use this small device for the thin-clients. I feel this setup would benefit everyone. Most of us computer people have multiple computers at our house. And of course we have to have separate computers for our family members. We don’t want ours messed up. With this system you can have computers all over your house and maintain one.
The real part of this that I’m interested in is for multimedia possibilities. I think this setup could be used as a full house media setup. You could setup a mythTV box somewhere in your house. Then you just need the thin-client hardware wired to the TV. The design of the thin-client box would need S-video or some other high quality video, maybe HDTV, USB ports for remote control. You could buy these inexpensive boxes and hook them up to every TV in the house. You will have mythTV throughout your entire house with little expense. I’m going to look into the idea more. Let me know what you think.