Talk:Sun Ray

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X compatibility[edit]

Although it says in the article that 'Sun developed the separate secure bitmap-based network protocol "ALP" (Appliance Link Protocol) for the Sun Ray system', I wonder if these little machines can do plain old X-forwarding, without using the proprietary and possibly limiting Sun Ray Server software.

Sun Rays require Sun Ray Server Software. And SRs and SRSS talk to each other using ALP. --Toomuchham 21:12, 18 August 2006 (UTC)

BTW, do you also have to have a smartcard for these little machines to function, or can it also do without ?

As the article mentions, you can use SRs without smart cards. But using smart cards adds a level of authentication/security to your network. --Toomuchham 21:12, 18 August 2006 (UTC)

Video performance[edit]

How well does the SunRay protocol/server software handle streaming of videos and flash content ? More specifically, would streaming a 640*480 movie at 24bpp be too much to ask ?

It's surprisingly good, especially with SRSS 3.1, which is much less of a bandwidth hog than its predecessors. Flup 10:41, 19 September 2006 (UTC)

deja vu  :-)[edit]

the link for

"Appliance Link Protocol"

in this article links back to...this article.

it would be nice to have some detail on ALP either in this article or a separate one. a comparison with VNC would be especially welcome.

thanx -ef —The preceding unsigned comment was added by (talk) 13:44, 4 February 2007 (UTC).

Sadly, ALP is currently a proprietary/private protocol. Hence, any public detailed descriptions of ALP or comparisons to VNC is not (legally) possible. Toomuchham 23:54, 29 March 2007 (UTC)

"Succession" text[edit]

So the JavaStation mention has been reworded to provide more background detail. The problem is, this reads like very obviously like editor expertise and not like it's from a source. Any official documentation on the history of Sun's diskless workstations? Chris Cunningham (not at work) - talk 21:33, 18 August 2008 (UTC)

Ah, but official's not a secondary source, now is it? :-) Added a news article for citation.--NapoliRoma (talk) 22:26, 18 August 2008 (UTC)

In Computer History Museum[edit]

We should present a reference that a NeWT is in the CHM's collection. Searching their collection on the website, I can find a stand for the NeWT here and a purple thing they describe as a "Sun Ray prototype" here. Are we claiming that the purple thing is a NeWT? -- Finlay McWalterTalk 11:39, 19 May 2011 (UTC)


Since Sun is now owned by Oracle, that should be reflected in the article text. --HelgeStenstrom (talk) 12:35, 9 August 2011 (UTC)

Now included in the lede and infobox. No objection if anybody wants to try improving the lede or more explicitly mention the acquisition of Sun by Oracle. jæs (talk) 16:52, 9 August 2011 (UTC)