[LinuxBIOS] Televideo TC7020 successfully booted with LinuxBiosV2

Uwe Hermann uwe at hermann-uwe.de
Fri Apr 13 02:04:24 CEST 2007

On Thu, Apr 12, 2007 at 07:11:22AM +0200, Peter Stuge wrote:
> On Wed, Apr 11, 2007 at 05:48:20PM -0700, Kenji Noguchi wrote:
> > I bought a TC7020, Windows CE.NET based thin client terminal
> > for $10 about a week ago, and wanted to make it a car-puter.

Great, added to http://linuxbios.org/Supported_Motherboards.

> They cost $50 on eBay, from US sellers that ship worldwide.
> http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=250101952237

Whoa, how about a cluster of those? ;-)


> > I chosed Etherboot as payload, it just booted as if the 5bcm and
> > TC7020 was identical box.
> They could be, if they are made from the same reference design.
> Thanks for the good news! :)

Yep, indeed :)

Can you provide some more information on what works and what doesn't?
Any pitfalls or things one should know? Which payload are you booting?
etc. etc.

Can you write up a small HOWTO or experiences report for the wiki? And
maybe take one or two (freely licensed) pictures (or even a video of the
thing booting LinuxBIOS)? That would be really great!

In general, I think we should look into thin clients a bit more. There
are quite a number of them out there and many older ones can be had
really cheap nowadays. The same is true for some set-top-boxes...

Supporting Geode-based ones should be pretty easy mostly, and from a few
pictures I've seen so far, many seem to have socketed BIOS chips (or DoCs).

The benefits of LinuxBIOS on such systems is pretty obvious, too (fast
boot times, for example)...

Anyone else out there who already used/uses LinuxBIOS on thin clients?
Set-top-boxes? Please fill the wiki page at http://linuxbios.org/Use_Cases :)

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