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Panel PCs run Linux   
Wednesday, May 13 2009 @ 02:20 PM EDT
Contributed by: sde

Borg Displays announced two touchscreen panel PCs designed for home control, energy management, kiosks, and digital signage. The 15-inch Protege 15 and 8-inch Protege 8 respectively offer 1GHz Via Eden or 500MHz AMD Geode LX800 processors, and both include gigabit Ethernet connectivity, the company says.

The Protege devices are equipped with a gigabit Ethernet port, two USB 2.0 ports and two COM ports, says the company. GPIO connections hook up to the four programmable touch buttons located on an acrylic bezel under the display. In addition, a camera is said to be available with the Protege 15.

The default installation for the web-enabled Protege touchscreens is Windows XP Embedded. Fortunately, however, Borg Displays does not demand assimilation into the Microsoft collective. The company also offers a URL-locked version that runs "a skinned Firefox and Linux." This version is said to boot up to establish a URL, and then runs in full screen mode.

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