Linked by Nik Tripp on Mon 2nd Mar 2009 21:40 UTC
SuSE, openSUSE IT solutions companies have been generating lots of buzz regarding thin clients basically since the early 1990s, but have yet to really penetrate into many suitable environments. These relatively cheap computer appliances carry broad promises like energy efficiency, space efficiency, and centralized maintenance and data storage. These claims could sound like the computer industry equivalent of snake oil. Kiwi-LTSP, a combination of KIWI imaging technology and Linux Terminal Server Project, is one open source solution for thin client servers.
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I'm pretty sure LTSP works the same way. I haven't tried a new version lately, but the way I remember it you use ssh and X11 forwarding to run apps on the server. So, if you upgrade the server you have theoretically just upgraded the performance of all the clients. But, I'm not sure if you can do everything that you could with the sun ray, like watching a movie. I wouldn't have any idea how sound would work remotely this way.

Diskless clients however, start x locally and can take forever to boot.

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