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    Green Hives?

    I'm in the middle of trying to find 28 workstations and monitors for a classroom and our finance officer suggested that we look for a green option. Someone then suggested green hives from very pc!

    Never heard of them? Me neither!

    Take a look at the link as it does look interesting...

    VeryPC - Ecology • Economy • Performance - Business - GreenHive - GreenHive 7 User - GreenHive 7 User Package

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    I remember these! There were on Dragons Den

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    yay, the keyboard and mice have to be ps2 and the monitors have to be d-sub.

    looks like a nightmare waiting to happen - but I'm always fairly pessimistic about anything labeled 'green'

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    Seems to just be some sort of terminal service for XP. Licensing for XP is certainly very iffy for this area. There are a number of big limitations there too, 10m range, low res etc.

    I'd run, screaming.

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    Yeh, I've got to be honest, I was interested in the concept but not buying them!

    I'm looking at RM ecoquiets as they are at about 60w.

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    Quote Originally Posted by reggiep View Post
    Someone then suggested green hives from very pc!
    It looks like they're simply selling ready-made PCs with two N-Computing cards in. I've got the hardware in for a four-workstation setup for our staffroom, but haven't gotten around to setting it up yet. I plan to skip Windows XP, use Windows Server instead. A nice compact case, motherboard, 4-core processor, 4GB of RAM, N-Computing card and four second-hand screens cost somewhere around £700, £100 more for a copy of Server (plus a bit for device CALs, another £100?), and that's about all you need. Another N-Computing card should bring the total cost to well under £1000.

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    I'd simply go down the thin client route myself.

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    go thin client and plant some tree's to appease the hippies

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    Quote Originally Posted by localzuk View Post
    I'd simply go down the thin client route myself.
    If I understand correctly, the N-Computing devices are thin clients (uh, or "desktop virtualisation" devices - difference?) - they seem to work best with Windows Server rather than XP. I'll let people know when I've had more of a look at them, they certainly seem like they should work nicely.

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