Been a While

Ok, so it's been a while since I've posted anything on my blog, but that doesn't mean I haven't been doing anything. In fact, I have been working and thinking a great deal about thhis issue of a "Next Generation Thin Client" for the entire time, and writing internal documents and on and on about it.

It isn't as easy as it looks to define a project in Sun Labs and then begin working on it. There are innumerable things that have to be considered.

But the idea of a nex-generation thin client is definitely something that I'm working on. I have read (and heard) some crazy ideas about what a next-gen Thin Client should or could look like. Some of them are so far out in left field that they could catch a Barry Bonds Home Run. Some are just crazy enough that they could work. Most are not a big enough step forward to justify doing them. Incremental steps are not what we're after here. We're after revolutionary not evolutionary. Anyone can do evolutionary. People look to Sun to do revolutionary, and that's just what we plan to deliver!

More later, but please keep those wild and wacky ideas coming!!!


Sunray is so great! My dream is some kind of sunray notebook with wireless connectivity to the server. No noice, no data on the device, fair control of utilisation on the server,... For my 3 kids, for my wife and myself it would be heaven. Because of the lack of good game under Unix I would go for an windows implementation too. Put it together with a good home server on a web store available worldwide and it would sell like crazy! Dreaminn bbr

Posted by bbr on September 13, 2004 at 09:09 PM EDT #

About SunRays, I have been using them as desktop environment from the beginning. And as SUN systems support engineer, employed by SUN partner, this is near ideal solution for desktop. When SunRays appeared I even tryed out this composite video. It worked and after that I used it some while to watch TV(I used old video player with TV receiver and ShomeTV :-).
Its sad that there were no software for video confernecing. You are right, nowdays its very hard to get such camera, but when sunray appeared, then it was possible.

But in future we would like to see, as it mentioned in previous post, some kind wireless solution. Example my next project includes SunRay deployment in manufacturing shop floor control solution and we need stationary as well mobile terminals. In our project case, ideal solution could be sunray tablet:). But probably there wont be market for such device.

One thing is to get SunRay wirelessly connected, another issue is to connect lower level wireless devices to sunray. There are emerging technologies from what SUN could benefit by enchancing SunRay. RFID for example.

SunRays and Linux. What was the linux implementation objective? To increase deployments through cheaper HW platform? Actually we tested Linux version and the speed impact was so enormous that we probably will migrate to x86 Red Hat in our work environment;)

And one thing more. The price. SunRay price is about the same as cheaper desktop PC price. I know that the benefit comes from TCO but decreasing the price below $300 could make effect.

Good luck to you with your work with NG!

Posted by Andres M�gi on September 15, 2004 at 05:01 AM EDT #

x86 Solaris

Is there hope for SRSS for x86 Solaris?

Altought SUN claims example that HP-UX is making death, and Solaris will shine brighter than ever before on sparc as well x86... but where is srss :)


Posted by Andres M�gi on September 17, 2004 at 03:27 AM EDT #

I think a SunRay tablet appliance would be phenomenal.

I'm thinking both a convenient (10-12 inch) and a large-ish (15-17 inch) touch screen LCD with built-in 802.11 wireless would be devistating.

Since it's primarily frame buffer, battery life would be sufficient to power for whole day roaming around office and factory. Really, the battery would be for display and WiFi as computing and storage is on server.

Put a connector on one edge that allows for a desktop docking station that recharges the battery and allows use of keys and mouse turns it effectively into a SunRay 150. Maybe a USB port built-in to the tablet could allow for use of portable keys and mouse, if user prefers over softkey or touch screen.

While a distribution of SunRay appliances throughout a workspace could effectively make the "desk" obsolete, and remove the requirement for laptops, this isn't really achievable in the norm of businesses--it requires too many idle workstations sitting around waiting for people to use them.

Laptops in the office are generally used to provide this data access when personal portability is desired--meetings, brainstorming in someone else's office, whatever. Tablets that provide the same speed and power as the desktop versions could easily replace in-office laptop use. This gives some lattitude in pricing; keeping in mind the other tablets and laptop costs are 'round $1000US each.

Granted when compared to a laptop, pundits will remind us that we can't take them home (although with possible VPN and SunRay via WAN, why not? It might just not good on the journey--except near public WiFi spots). Throw a wired Ethernet port on the tablet (or better, the docking station), and office users can literally take their comptuer home or to a remote office, plug in, and see the network. Of course, some of this would require saving server settings on the tablet, and probably some VPN or SSH-like tunnelling through corporate firewalls, but WiFi is going to need some encryption anyway.

Details...I'll leave that up for later discussion...

If, as I gather from the blog, you have input into SunRay's future, please make this so.

Posted by Jeff Warren on September 21, 2004 at 06:07 AM EDT #

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