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Re: Showcase Appliance for Schools


Next year we will need this kind of feature. (new school)
We are planing 9 - 11 information screens, so this kind of teature out
of the box would be great. 

For us it is important to have the ability to display different content
on different screens.   


la. den 22.11.2008 klokka 18:48 (+0100) skreiv RalfGesellensetter:
> Dear list,
> in my region there is an increasing amount of schools who start 
> displaying their daily informations on large TFT screens (40 inch).
> There has been a marketing campaign by some reseller aiming directly at 
> schools, and also myself was to install such info point.
> Short version: Trying to tame the pre-installed "XP embedded" was not 
> really a joy, and as most of you, I would like to implement free and 
> working software (faws) as much as possible. Plus, I could imagine that 
> shipping such feature out of the box, could give us further advantages.
> 1. Content server: Samsung syncmaster 400 PXn host a built in PC with 
> 4GB flash disk, running XP by default. There is some MagicInfo-Software 
> Client which tries to fetch content or schedules from a corresponding 
> server software (which must be purchased as well). 
> However, we managed to set up some free CMS (yoomla!) including some 
> nice extensions. Administrative members were trained to edit articles.
> 2. Display Client: All we do by now, is auto-starting Firefox in 
> fullscreen mode, displaying our (password protected) yoomla!page.
> Now, there is two further ways to go:
> (a) Either try to replace proprietary content servers by free software 
> (this would enable schools to just display any content with the given 
> software). Likewise the schedule server would be very helpfull to save 
> energy during lessons/over night.
> (b) Or provide a usb-drive ready live system that auto starts firefox 
> (PXE-boot is also possible, of course). But still, this systems needs a 
> way to schedule shutting down/resume (maybe just for the screen).
> What do you think? Do you know of any free content display system that
> is fed by some kind of stream (like rtp/rtsp) and thus made to download 
> a sequence of pictures, texts (pdf?), and presenting them in a kind of 
> slide show? I've seen commercial solutions in "sophisticated" bars.
> Regards
> Ralf

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