[LINK] Computers for schools more than hardware
Tom.Worthington at tomw.net.au
Fri Feb 22 09:00:46 EST 2008
At 01:07 PM 21/02/2008, grove at zeta.org.au wrote:
>On Wed, 20 Feb 2008, Tom Worthington wrote:
>>Cost one computer per student for each school, with support. My
>>estimate for a minimal setup is $500 for a Zonbu type thin client
>>(or ASUS type Laptop),
>What about Sunray? These are very thin and don't cost much at all. ...
The Sunrays start at about $US249.00, but seem to be very thin thin
clients and to that price you need to add a monitor and a remote
application server to drive it
<http://www.sun.com/sunray/sunray2/specs.xml#anchor3>. For about
$US100 more you can get enough memory and processing power to store
and run applications locally.
>laptops or traditional computers have lots of moving parts that
>require tech support. ...
I expect we will see a continuum between thin clients and standalone
computers. Low price, low power laptops and desktop will be made with
no moving parts by using a low power processor and flash memory.
Don't add much memory and you have a thin client, add more memory and
you have something which can boot on its own, run applications but
still relies on a network connection for data storage. Plug in a disk
drive and you have an independent computer.
But I expect almost no one will want a completely network independent
computer. It doesn't make sense to store important information in a
desktop computer which can be lost, stolen, or broken.
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