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Re: [school-discuss] Ways to put Linux PCs in villages w/o electricity

Michael Shigorin wrote:
I'd rather consider used notebooks in Pentium/PII range. These draw less energy, weigh less and seem to cost at least comparably to what you cite as station+monitor price.

Wouldn't the notebook only use less electricity if you disconnected the hard drive, cd rom drive, and fan? The thin clients (and video card approach) have no moving parts. And they certainly don't weigh less than the thin clients we deployed in the pilot at APS, those HPs were less than 3 lbs. Plus, when the keyboard dies (more likely in dusty environment?) you have to replace the whole thing.


Daniel Howard
President and CEO
Georgia Open Source Education Foundation