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Thin client notebook runs Linux

Jul 2, 2007 — by LinuxDevices Staff — from the LinuxDevices Archive — 4 views

Low-cost network computing specialist Devon IT has added a PCMCIA slot and “3G aircard” support to its thin client notebook. Available with the company's own Linux-based “DeTOS” embedded operating system, the SafeBook runs applications from remote servers, via Citrix ICA, Microsoft RDP, or VNC.

(Click for slightly larger view of SafeBook)

The SafeBook is based on a Via C7-M processor clocked at 1.5GHz. It has 512MB of RAM, and boots its thin-client OS from 512MB of flash. The lack of a hard drive increases data security and device life expectancy, while the lack of local applications decreases operating expenses, according to the vendor.

Additional SafeBook features and specs include:

  • Graphics:
    • 12.1-inch XGA (1024×768) TFT LCD display
    • VGA port for external monitor
  • Networking:
    • built-in 802.11 a/b/g WiFi (internal mini-PCI slot)
    • 3G aircards supported via PCMCIA
    • 10/100 Ethernet port
  • 3 x USB 2.0 ports
  • Audio line out/mic in
  • Expansion — PCMCIA Type II slot
  • PXE boot capability
  • Size — 11.1 x 9.7 x 1.1 inches (283 x 245 x 32.7 mm)
  • Weight — 4 lbs., with 6-cell battery
  • Power — 20-Volt, 3-amp power supply

The SafeBook appears to be available now, with a choice of Linux or Windows XP Embedded. The system is priced at $600 and up with the Linux-based DeTOS (“Devon Terminal Operationg System”), whereas pricing with Windows XP Embedded appears to start at $800. Further details are available from Devon IT's website.

A Linux-based thin client notebook may also be available from Neoware.

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