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Thread: Wait for the Raspberry PI, or go with a thin client w/ WinXPe?

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    Wait for the Raspberry PI, or go with a thin client w/ WinXPe?

    I was really waiting for the Raspberry PI to create a individual per seat computing experience. Problem is, these things are on back order till god knows when.

    Raspberry PI pro:

    1. Easy to power
    2. Very small form factor
    3. Runs on Linux

    Cons:

    1. Needs HDMI to VGA converters
    2. Seems to be on back order
    3. Runs on Linux

    Thin Client pro:

    1. Runs on XPe
    2. Will run CF
    3. Will work with my KVMP switches

    Cons:

    1. Take up more space
    2. May be hard to power

    What should I do. Any other Pros and Cons you can think of?
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    i dont know a lot about the XPe systems, but they would probably be better. the boot times on the Raspberry pi are rather slow and impractical for an automotive aplication.

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    Well I have at last been able to order one from RS (was on the waiting to order waiting list), now I've ordered it could be upto 5 weeks delivery time.


    Will have more of an idea when I get mine as to what I can do with it.

    Although not sure it will make the car, more likely to hook it up to my TV as a media player.

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    I have one, havent really done anything with it yet, been far too busy at work

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    Another cool thing is that the thin clients I am eying are 12VDC. So I wouldnt have to go crazy with a PSU setup. I seen a setup that took it apart and it looks like the CF reader is simply a IDE connection. So I can connect a IDE HDD.
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    How about...

    Forget the Rasberry....

    Here is what you REALLy want...
    http://www.freescale.com/webapp/sps/...?code=IMX53QSB

    This is an ARM board with everything you need onboard. Will run Android, Ubuntu or WinCE7. I am actually getting one for a project I am working on.

    It is a little more expensive but you can actually use this one for more than just learning with. The processor is the basis for a large number of Tablets out there.
    This board is based on a 1Ghz ARM type processor.

    $150 for the unit plus whatever display you want to add. (Can use two)

    They have a newer one now if you want even faster. Goes up to quad 1.0 I believe.

    Check it out... I have seen these in person as well as the Rasberry PI and these are MUCH nicer units and about the same size.

    Rodney

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    Quote Originally Posted by bmw_car_pc View Post
    I have one, havent really done anything with it yet, been far too busy at work
    Jerk... I'm still on the list.

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    Well in the end, I bought the thin clients. It came out to $106.00 for all 6 of them. You cant beat that! Also, they all came with 512 CF, not sure on the RAM size though. I am hoping to be able to use Centrafuse on them. That way I have a cohesive look as far as controls are concerned. Not sure when they will be here, but i cant wait. I then have to pull the whole system out the car, change the layout a bit (a lot) and then test and place back in the car.
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    For a per seat installation which presumably means audio and video, I'd consider using some media player. Which is basically all the Rasperry Pi is, except with no case or remote or power supply. If you must have VGA output as well as network support, that will limit the choice. If you can get by with no networking, and just play stuff off thumbdrives, then less than $40 will get you one that has both HDMI and VGA (I searched eBay for VGA media player). Thumbdrives and SD cards just keep getting cheaper and bigger.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BassBinDevil View Post
    For a per seat installation which presumably means audio and video, I'd consider using some media player. Which is basically all the Rasperry Pi is, except with no case or remote or power supply. If you must have VGA output as well as network support, that will limit the choice. If you can get by with no networking, and just play stuff off thumbdrives, then less than $40 will get you one that has both HDMI and VGA (I searched eBay for VGA media player). Thumbdrives and SD cards just keep getting cheaper and bigger.
    Well because i wanted them to all be seamless, they had to be PC based. I also wanted them all to have Centrafuse. I bought the bricks for the units. I intend to reuse my power inverter. That will power those units. i also upgraded to 4GB CF cards. They all have graphics, 512 ram, 4GB CF, network cards, etc. They all can talk to the main PC and share its internet and wifi. Also access its game roms, music and video. Each unit was $17.70. With the CF card upgrade and bricks, it added 19.40 per system. So each setup came out to 37.00 each.
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