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    Two users on one computer - possible?

    Hey guys,

    I'm trying to put together a computer setup for a trade show where I'd like people to be able to go online and view a website demo through a browser.

    I know I can run two monitors with my system, but what I'd really like is to have 2 keyboards and 2 mice setup to share the same system and access the internet together.

    Does anything exist to allow you to do this, either on a PC or a MAC? Worst case scenario I have to use separate laptops for this, but I'm trying to do this with the least amount of money possible.

    Also - if there's nothing available to share a pc with 2 users, do you know of any cheap systems that would be suitable just for internet access only? I was considering a MacMini as I could pack two of those in a briefcase for a nice portable system - but even used systems run over $300 and the cost adds up quickly.

    Thanks!

    Steve

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    For personal OS'es, I can't give a good solution to that. Just a standard setup, with 2 systems would probably be cheaper than if there were anything to share 2 mice/keyboard/monitors with a single system.

    As for as the systems, what I'd recommend depends on how much time you have (I'd also have to research it a bit too).

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    theoretically it is possible that two people can share a puter but theory and practice is not the same in all cases.

    there was a mobo for this around (Jetway 915P-TWIN) but i have not seen it for a long time so i dont know how good it really worked.

    the other solution i've hard of for windows is brand new and still under development(?) you can read about it here

    for linux you have the Desktop Multiplier

    check also out www.ncomputing.com
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    for linux you have the Desktop Multiplier
    That looks AWESOME!
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    Much thanks for your comments guys!

    Quote Originally Posted by Crazybanana View Post
    for linux you have the Desktop Multiplier

    check also out www.ncomputing.com
    CrazyB - those sites are great resources and I might just have to try that linux desktop multiplier! Thanks for mentioning them!

    Steve

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    no prob, hope you get it working
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    There's also http://koolu.com/ which go for $300 new and run Ubuntu, those should work fine as internet access stations.

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    Quote Originally Posted by vgarcia View Post
    There's also http://koolu.com/ which go for $300 new and run Ubuntu, those should work fine as internet access stations.
    That looks like a possibility.

    The Fit PC is also in the same price range and there's another small linux pc I've seen who's name escapes me now.

    I've also thought about just building a custom Mini ITX or two which would work - but I scored a cheap laptop on sale at Walmart last week that's going to be my test mule and if I can set that up with Linux and the desktop multiplier I'm good to go.

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    Hi, Steve,

    Is your trade show going to be held in the States or overseas?

    Just did a quick search and here are some things that you can look into, but
    I have not used them myself....

    http://www.elecomsystems.com/showpages.asp?pid=1006

    http://www.ncomputing.com

    http://www.miniframe.com/solutions_page.asp?id=1

    http://www.ikonnet.com/en/product/On...UserSystem.htm

    If you're going to use it at a trade show, contact them directly to see if they
    are willing to sponsor you (i.e., lend you the equiment you need) for free.
    In return, you put up a big banner (provided by them, of course!) above your
    computers and their brochures next to them saying something to the effect
    that "this cost-saving, multiuser system is powered by XYZ Inc."

    It's free marketing exposure for them at very little cost to them (and you!).

    Cheers,
    Jason

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    Hey Jason and thanks for the links you provided! Most of them seem suited for larger installations and I'm guessing they're pricey because they don't make it easy to find a price anywhere...but they were helpful and I appreciate that.

    I don't have a particular event (in the states) in mind at the moment, but your idea to make a deal with a hardware company is great and I might just try that out.

    For now I have a cheap laptop running Linux so I might try that desktop multiplier, but since Linux is still mostly over my head I'm not sure how that all is going to work!

    Thanks again!

    Steve

    P.S. Since I see you're relatively new here, welcome to Sitepoint!!


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