Plugable UD-160-A USB 2.0 Docking Station as a Linux Zero Client


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Can I buy the UD-160-A USB 2.0 in/for the UK.
Your documentation mentions the DC-125 can be used as a zero client for Linux. Can your Plugable UD-160-A USB 2.0 used in the same way?
Is the basic procedure still as described in the following:-
http://plugable.com/2009/11/16/settin…)


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Hi Charles,

Thanks for asking ahead! We don’t currently offer the UD-160-A in the UK/EU because while our AC power adapter is capable of handling the UK/EU voltage ranges, it only comes with USA style plugs. And, as a rule, we don’t list any products in our UK store unless they’re localized for power.

That said, it’s obviously easy to convert the plug. We’re happy to ship from the USA when it’s cost effective (which, because of shipping cost, is usually only for mid-sized orders of ~10 or more; ~On 40 or more, you’ll have substantial savings).

On the technical question, yes - anything the DC-125 can do, the UD-160-A can do. The way of configuring them is exactly the same from an xorg.conf perspective. You can even have a mix of DC-125 and UD-160-A attached to the same machine.

Here’s a post comparing the two from a hardware perspective: http://plugable.com/2011/10/17/choosi…

That said, Linux multiseat is currently a mess. Sadly, the instructions linked to above which we put together in 2009, are dependent on a version of GDM just before the one that broke multiseat - and it’s often hard to go back to that old of a GDM version on recent distros.

There is work happening on a wholly new multiseat, baked right into the distros (starting with Red Hat / Fedora). But it’s not complete yet. If you’re interested, follow: http://fedoraproject.org/wiki/Feature…

So people who are very technically savvy can sometimes pull together something working from the pieces today – but true plug and play multiseat support is not quite here yet (only with commercial products like Windows Multipoint Server 2011 or Userful Linux 2011 – the DC-125 and UD-160-A work with both).

Hope that helps! Email sales@plugable.com for any sales questions, and we’d be happy to help however we can with any special requests, including single units to developers.

Thanks!
Bernie


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