----- Original Message -----
From: "Chuck Swiger" <[EMAIL PROTECTED]>
Sent: Thursday, February 06, 2003 9:34 AM
Subject: Re: manufacturing

> Interesting question-- hope I can help.
> Kenzo wrote:
> [ ... ]
> > what they would like is a computer at every workstation that can use a
> > browser to look at a webpage where the drawings and schematics will be
> > located.
> Using Apache as a document store works pretty well, but it helps to have
> some kind of publishing mechanism.  mod_dav could be a start.
> > They don't feel like spending 500 bucks for a new windows machine, so we
> > figure we could just use our old computers for that.
> Sure.  You probably can get away with using just X terminals, or even
> simply long video cables.  :-)
> > Now, what would be the best way to accomplish this?
> > He is more geared toward a linux box with redhat, but I would rather
setup a
> > computer with Freebsd that would do all the trick.
> > what x-window manager should I use?  I know KDE uses alot of resources,
> > what about gnome?
> > what should I use for web browser?
> [ ... ]
> > Will using VNC work? I was thinking of only connecting a monitor to
> > workstations and have no keyboards and mouse.
> Are the factory workers going to interact with their workstations at
> all?  Or is the central operator going to do everything, and the workers
> will just look at an image on the screen?

The workers will only need to look at the screen and not interact.

> If that's the case, there's no need to run VNC, an X window manager, or
> a browser.  See "man xhost" and the -display option; the operator can
> simply run a command which will remotely display the image to each
> workstation.  Check out /usr/ports/x11/xloadimage....

I will look into that. Sounds interesting.
> Approximately how many stations and how far apart are they?

At this point I don't know how many stations will be required and how far
appart they are.
they just want me to come up with something and have some demo to show the
VPs and hopefully sell the idea.
> -Chuck

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