In about May I read about Ndiyo
non-profit that's making ultra-thin clients called Nivo
They're basically designing an FPGA that can support VNC or RDP and so creates
a tiny little box that has a network connection, keyboard and mouse
connectors, and a VGA out. Some of the team are the original VNC developers,
which must help.
Absolutely brilliant idea. But the news since then has been silent. They're
supposed to be working on a new version offering local USB ports
etc, which would be an
added bonus. Quentin Stafford-Fraser, one of the founders,
blogged about it recently
but that's all. Newnham Research
company they work with, is intentionally keeping a low profile...
I think it would be great if they made this available in its current form
(costing less than 100 GBP to assemble at low volume!) or at least posted
more news rather than disappearing into a developing hole.
Update (2006-02-17): more news has indeed emerged, though its not yet commercially
available they're having trials (including in South Africa!) and seem to be
doing cool stuff...
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