Tuesday, May 22, 2007

500 Thin Clients Available In June/July

I would never blog about something in order to make money. You get enough SPAM already. :) This is an issue of trying to find a good home for working hardware.

In the June/July time frame we (The City of Largo) will be retiring around 500 thin clients. They might be a perfect fit for some kind of academia need, maybe you want to put one into each dorm room for very basic access to the Internet or something? Or maybe you have a non-profit company that needs basic workstations?

They are 10 years old, and obviously not as fast as new thin clients.

Here is what I know will run on them. Keep in mind their age in terms of performance, but they do OK with this software:

* GNOME ( Older versions work better, the last few versions have gotten much slower, but work).
* Firefox ( 2.0 works fine, but you have to use Shock 7 because of endian bugs in 9)
* OpenOffice 2.2
* Evolution ( Older versions, like Suse 9.3 work better for performance. Whatever is slowing down GNOME is slowing Evolution as well).
* xterm for character applications works great.
* X3270 for IBM connectivity works perfectly well.
* GIMP works.

Each thin client will consist of:
1 - NCD Explora 451 thin client running at 33Mhz, X, XDMCP chooser, RISC based.
1 - Power supply
1 - Keyboard
1 - 3 button PS2 Mouse
( No monitors are included)

The terminals have 100Mb ethernet, 1 serial port, 1 parallel port. They have 2MB of video memory and support 1024x768/ 16bit color. We will create a small amount of documentation if they are purchased on getting them to boot and provide any books that we still have.

Unfortunately they cannot be shipped out of the US.

We will be putting them on our web site soon, and we are looking for something like a few dollars for each unit + staff time to pack them + shipping costs.

Leave me a comment if you would like to communicate further.

10 comments:

Megabyte405 said...

I work part-time for a school for children with disabilities in Wisconsin. While I would have to check, if you can't sell them we could provide you with an opportunity to donate them to the school (with a receipt for tax purposes) or perhaps if the cost is low enough we could purchase a few. (We're running basically all-legacy computers, Mac OS 9, Windows 2000, with ubuntu on a few desktops-turned-servers, and I have experience in Linux system administration). If this is interesting to you, please feel free to send me an email. My username is abiryan. You can reach me at my business' domain name, ryand.net

Thanks for your time!

Dave Richards said...

We are kind of hoping to send out the whole 500 in one batch and with one shipment. I'll drop you a line when we have them ready and we can see if you are still interested. Thanks!

Thomas said...

Hi, I understand that you probably can't be bothered splitting these things up to get rid of them, but...

My father works as an AusAID volunteer in Vanuatu at the Port Vila Public Library and I have been trying to get some thin clients for him, so that he can run a secure/easy to administer computer system over there.

I would love to be able to buy say 5 to 10 of these machines. Anyhow, if this turns out to be a possibility please email me at:

thmcmahon at gmail d0t com

Andrew Z said...

For the other readers out there: We've been getting good client hardware from our local, city-owned utilities (www.csu.org). First they were Dell OptiPlex GX110 (700Mhz). Now they are GX260 (2 to 2.4GHz).

These may not be as good in terms of power efficiency, but overall, it's worked great.

We've taken maybe 30 units, but they've had plenty more available.

Check your utilities or big businesses that turn around computers on a 3-4 year cycles.

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