I have these thin clients that are not in use I think they’d do perfect for a security camera video wall—just feed them an RTSP/RTMP URL and be done, GUI not needed.
I’ve been lazily looking for candidates between projects but I can only find stuff for Raspberry Pie devices, furthermore, the clients are rather constrained and upgrading a single component in one of them probably costs more than all of them. They can’t be donated either because it’s hard to find an OS without expired system root CAs, up-to-date or able to be up-to-date with current cryptography, it’d do more harm than good.
What I’ve done & specs
They all have only 1GB of mem, 2GB of storage space but it can’t be used “too much” because they have some sort of RAM disk trickery. The only current-ish OSes I’ve managed to install are Porteus and Lubuntu on a USB stick-maybe I could even modify this to clear out some resources so the video player is able to keep playing smoothly for days. The original image is an embedded version of Windows-2009 I believe-with great tools for kiosk deployment from HP but I’d still need a player and the certificate thing is a real issue.
BTW, the CPU is actually a i586 processor; this is a big part of the reason why I’ve had such a hard time finding something.