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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RE: This keeps popping up...
by phoenix on Thu 5th Mar 2009 03:25 UTC in reply to "This keeps popping up..."
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I think they try to re-invent the wheel on this technology so far from what 'I' have seen it is not a productive solution for 'end users' but if you wanted a locked down solution for a 'health club' or other single use situation it would be ok.

Yes, it's interesting the cycles that computing technlogy goes in. First the mainframe and dumb-terminals, then the mini-computer and dumb-terminas, then the server and PC client, then PCs as thin-clients, then dedicated thin-clients which are basically almost dumb-terminals. Looking at some of the blade-server setups, they almost even look like mainframes. ;)

The thinking needs to eliminate a PC to do one task when you can have an appliance do it securely and using a Linux distro would be the best choice.

Point-of-sale, kiosks (like in bookstores and airports), bank terminals, even some Internet cafe setups really benefit from thin-client setups, whether using dedicated hardware or recycled PCs. Basically, anywhere that you only run one or two applications (period, not at a time) can be moved to thin-client setups.

It still amazes me to sit across from a bank teller who has a full-blown Windows XP computer (full tower and everything) ... just to run a terminal emulator. Put a dedicated terminal there instead!!

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