So recently a client asked me to build her a virtual calendar. She's tired of having paper ones and would rather hang a few monitors on the wall instead and have them update themselves wirelessly.
The key constraints for this device:
- Must be no bigger than a monitor
- Must be quick to turn on/off
- Must have wireless capability
- Ideally low power
The task falls to me, then, to find the hardware to do this. First under consideration was old/broken laptops... Unfortunately I don't really have any kicking around that I'm willing to tear apart.
Next up was the ALIX.3D3 from mini-box. Easy on the power and VGA output to boot XD Sounds appropriate... I'm just concerned about the hardware support (I'll probably be using an implementation of Damn Small Linux to drive the thing; then I can just grab a GTK calendar app of some sort.)
Do you think that such a small board will be able to run X smoothly (bearing in mind that's all that it's doing? I'm unfamiliar with the AMD Geode line of processors (beyond that they're for embedded systems.)
My question boils down to: For the sort of embedded system I mentioned above, would it be better to scrounge up/modify old laptop parts or go with the (tiny) ALIX board+mini-PCI wireless for only a few hundred dollars?
Thanks for the input!!