I have been doing experiments along these lines with Avanti MicroLCS. I've built a fully functional OPAC that runs off a USB drive that has on it everything needed to support it including its own JRE. Just plug it in and turn it on with little or no setup. I have some concerns though about the lifetime of such a device given the finite number of writes that can be made to Flash memory. But it does provide a nice platorm in which to develop an OPAC that is much an appliance device as possible which is my goal.
>From: Art Rhyno <[log in to unmask]>
>Sent: Oct 19, 2006 9:12 AM
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>Subject: Re: [CODE4LIB] java application on a cd
>These may have come up already, but the application sounds appropriate for
>a portable app kind of architecture:
>MIT's Piggy Bank application delivers the most extensive environment I
>have ever seen through a browser, this might be a good place to look
>Piggy Bank is well worth poking around for lots of other reasons as well.