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Red Hat "San Francisco‚Ä"Red Hat is the strongest Linux company in the world when it comes to servers, but it has almost no presence on the desktop. That will be changing in 2012 with the reintroduction of a Simple Protocol for Independent Computing Environments-based virtual desktop infrastructure."
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RE: Wait.. but..
by phoenix on Tue 12th Apr 2011 18:31 UTC in reply to "Wait.. but.."
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Is the difference between a thin client device and a full desktop that big (hardware and cost wise) to make it worth creating such kind of hardware?

Nope. Our current diskless client boxes are just over $200 CDN. This includes:
* slim desktop case
* M2+ motherboard (onboard hd audio, nVidia 6100 graphics, gigabit NIC)
* AMD Sempron CPU @ 2.0 GHz
* 1 GB RAM

These run full 3D accelerated graphics. No local harddrive, no local optical media, no local floppy drive. Just connect a monitor, keyboard, mouse, and ethernet cable. They are disposable appliances (which is how we treat them).

The least expensive thin-client system we could find (albeit a couple of years ago, but the above system was only a little over $300 CDN at the time) was almost $800 CDN, used a wimpy VIA CPU, had hardly any RAM worth mentioning, and couldn't handle 30fps video, let alone 3D accelerated graphics.

I mean, a custom thin client device can't be really cheaper to manufacture than some enterprise desktop based on commodity hardware you purchase from, say dell..

They could be ... if the thin-client companies wanted them to be. But they don't, so they aren't. It's hard to find a thin-client terminal device that's under $300 CDN. Considering how useless a thin-client device is without a fat server to connect to ... it's even more amazing how much they gouge the end-user.

Especially since most thin-client/remote desktop solutions require a tonne of client access licenses to connect, on top of the client licenses for the software to be run, along with the licenses for the server OS, etc, etc, etc, etc.

A diskless, network-boot setup, along with NX (or Spice, or even an RDP server) with standard, commodity hardware is a *much* nicer setup. You still get all the administrative benefits of centralised installs, setups, configuration, and management ... *and* you get all the power of a local "fat" client.

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