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    Intel Atom in the classroom

    Has anyone done this, or is thinking about doing this? The vast majority of work done by the kids is word processing etc. and some Flash applications. In an effort to keep costs down (both hardware and electricity) I'm considering the viability of the Atom platform. The dual-core 330 seems like it would be able to cope pretty well....

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    We have 80+ Atom N270 motherboards running as thinclients.
    We tested them running XP and ubuntu and had no problems with either.
    We decided upon atom boards because they offer increased flexibility over dedicated thin clients.

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    Yup, planning to use a load (25 or so) of these Arianet Low Power Intel Atom Mini PC System - Aria PC in the library and maths rooms - for internet and office they should be fine.

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    Currently looking at this for one of our main suites - trying to get as much power as possible on tap for the platform though! I'm looking at Asus Eeebox B204 and Acer Aspire Revo models, but want to wait for the dual core B208 - comes with dedicated graphics so hopefully should have enough power for our needs.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TonyRidal View Post
    Yup, planning to use a load (25 or so) of these Arianet Low Power Intel Atom Mini PC System - Aria PC in the library and maths rooms - for internet and office they should be fine.
    Check out similar systems on Novatech and CCL. They come in slightly smaller cases so look a bit nicer.

    At the moment I'm putting together some systems for the technology department, too. They do work with some pretty large documents, so I'm not too sure about giving them Atom systems.

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    I've noticed Stone computers offering something similar, Atom 270, 1G RAM and 160Gb HD. This is the same spec as my NC10 which is running Windows 7 and Office 2003/OO3 very well so i've been thinking about them. The units mount on the back of a 17" monitor and look very tidy, all for around 329 I think.

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    Quote Originally Posted by fafster View Post
    At the moment I'm putting together some systems for the technology department, too. They do work with some pretty large documents, so I'm not too sure about giving them Atom systems.
    I've just bought a netbook with the same internals so the staff can evaluate it and tell me what they think in a variety of scenarios - let them tell me if they think they're suitable for their subject or not - very positive so far
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    Check out similar systems on Novatech and CCL. They come in slightly smaller cases so look a bit nicer.
    We will be pubishing our Atom 230 & 330 based machines as well soon. If anybody needs pricing please feel free to PM me.

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    I'd be interested to know how many watts thes use in use. Curently thin clients use 6 watts, RM Ecoquiet use 35 watts, normal PC uses 80+ watts.

    The main reasons for going thin client here have been1
    1) initial cost price
    2) electricity savings
    3) ease of managment
    4) much longer lifecycle

    I am guessing really the Atom only satisfies #1 above - does it satisfy #2 as well??

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    Our single core 230 system uses about 38W under load and 8W when idle. (Not including monitor)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Butuz View Post
    I'd be interested to know how many watts thes use in use. Curently thin clients use 6 watts, RM Ecoquiet use 35 watts, normal PC uses 80+ watts.

    The main reasons for going thin client here have been1
    1) initial cost price
    2) electricity savings
    3) ease of managment
    4) much longer lifecycle

    I am guessing really the Atom only satisfies #1 above - does it satisfy #2 as well??

    Butuz
    Also consider that atom thin clients can be diskless, ours PXE boot and are managed from a single server. Diskless thinclients makes management easier, increases lifecycle and electricity savings.

    Only when you add a disk and install XP does the power (load) requirements increase, reliability decrease.

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    @ CyberNerd, what diskless clients do you use and what sortware does the client download from the PXE server to run?

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    Quote Originally Posted by CyberNerd View Post
    Also consider that atom thin clients can be diskless, ours PXE boot and are managed from a single server. Diskless thinclients makes management easier, increases lifecycle and electricity savings.

    Only when you add a disk and install XP does the power (load) requirements increase, reliability decrease.
    I'd be really interested in how you do that and what software you use!

    Cheers

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    Quote Originally Posted by cookie_monster View Post
    @ CyberNerd, what diskless clients do you use and what sortware does the client download from the PXE server to run?
    mobos in the link above.
    Software is Thinstation with the Citrix ica client (also rdp).
    Our Thinstation is slightly modified version to include a couple of extra drivers.
    Everything downloads from a tftp server (ubuntu). DHCP is done from a windows 2000 server.
    All the config file reside on the tftp server.

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