[LINK] Little Carbon Neutral Linux Computers, Sydney, 29 February 2008

Marghanita da Cruz marghanita at ramin.com.au
Thu Feb 28 13:04:48 EST 2008

Bernard Robertson-Dunn wrote:
> Tom,
> I admire your optimism but do not share your predictions, especially 
> regarding larger enterprises. The last thing a CIO wants is radical 
> change. Change equates to risk and the bigger the change, the greater 
> the risk.

sounds like FUDD to me.

> IMHO, the existing model of corporate IT (ie a desktop with grunt 
> running local personal apps, with access to centralised corporate 
> systems) will be around for quite a while. The power consumption of 
> technology may be reduced, but not at the expense of the corporate 
> compute model.
> Very low power and green systems are not compelling enough. It is much 
> less risky and complicated to reduce the power consumption of lighting, 
> heating and cooling in offices, warehouses and factories.

I would have thought the environment along with the Internet, intra-business
integration, mobility, remote access, not to mention open source, would make a 
compelling business case.

> Tom Worthington wrote:
>> I will be demonstrating some little low power Linux computers at the 
>> Sydney Linux Users Group (SLUG), in Sydney, 29 February 2008. Free and 
>> all welcome: <http://www.slug.org.au/node/90>. By the end of 2008 I 
>> suggest these will be considered "normal" computers and current PCs 
>> will be seen as cumbersome dinosaurs:
>> ---
>> "A Watershed for the Networked Organisation
>> With trends for carbon neutral, thin client, wireless and open source 
>> converging to signal a radical change in the use and distribution of 
>> the desktop personal computer and the desktop phone, the CIO is being 
>> presented with real challenges for transformation.
>> Low power, diskless and low cost advances are creating alternatives 
>> and opportunities for the organisation to simplify their systems. Some 
>> of the results from testing those alternatives with carbon neutral 
>> thin client computers, handheld Linux systems and diskless sub 
>> notebook computers will be included and discussed in this presentation.
>> If low power and portable networked systems are set to revolutionise 
>> the organisation, the CIO needs to be ready.
>> Tom Worthington will demonstrate, exciting devices such as the Zonbu 
>> Thin Client Computer and the Asus Eee PC."
>> My notes at: 
>> <http://www.tomw.net.au/technology/it/networked_organisation/>.
>> Tom Worthington FACS HLM tom.worthington at tomw.net.au Ph: 0419 496150
>> Director, Tomw Communications Pty Ltd            ABN: 17 088 714 309
>> PO Box 13, Belconnen ACT 2617                      
>> http://www.tomw.net.au/
>> Adjunct Senior Lecturer, ANU 
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