Cheap terminals for FreeBSD

Girish Venkatachalam girish1729 at
Tue Aug 8 04:02:47 UTC 2006

--- Nagy L�szl� Zsolt <nagylzs at> wrote:

>  Hello,
> I need to setup an environment where some users (10
> to 20 employees) 
> will use terminals to run programs. They need to run
> a few popular 
> programs: thunderbird, firefox, adobe acrobat,
> openoffice and gaim. This 
> site will be a customer service. We decided to
> reduce the costs by using 
> Open Source software and cheap terminal computers.
> This is a good 
> solution because most of the users will read
> messages and images on the 
> screen and they can share the same processor and
> memory. I know that I 
> can setup a computer and use its X server as a
> terminal for another 
> computer. This solution still requires new (or used)
> computers. I would 
> like to reduce the costs to the minimum. Here are
> some key questions 
> that I could not answer:
> - Is there a more cost-effective solution?
> (Something that I did not 
> think of)
> - How much RAM will I need? Will FireFox Thunderbird
> and OpenOffice load 
> shared objects and reduce the overall memory usage?
> Or should I reserve 
> 256MB of memory for each client?
> - Do I need to use gigabit ethernet? Or is it enough
> to use a normal 100 
> Mbps wired network? I heard that there can be
> bandwidth problems when 
> using many terminals, but I do not have experience.
> - Are there any pitfalls that I need to be aware of?
> It would be perfect to provide links to some
> articles or manuals - I do 
> not need anyone to write detailed instuctions and do
> my job. I'm asking 
> for help because the handbook was not very useful in
> this case. I only 
> found this:
> It does not help too much, and there is no know-how.
> I need to know what 
> hardware I need to buy.
Did u look at this?

I am sure you can do something similar for FreeBSD

> Thank you
>   Laszlo
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