Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 26th Oct 2017 16:42 UTC

In the summer of 2017, I wanted to know what it would be like to use an iPad Pro as my main computer. I found out that it can actually work, thanks to an iOS app called Blink, an SSH replacement called Mosh, iOS 11 and running stuff on a server.

You could argue the title is a tad bit misleading - there's a lot of thin client DNA in his setup - but it's an interesting look at how to achieve this, nonetheless.

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Does it —really— matter if you are doing this locally?

Nope. I'm a sysadmin and I use an iPad as my on-the-go (usually my main) machine. Since most of my admin work involves RDP, LogMeIn, and some SSH, it hardly matters because, even when I'm at my main computer, I'm doing a lot of remote control anyway. The only thing I don't have is RSAT but, with how Microsoft is really fscking up RSAT lately (leaving out the DNS management tool in the 1709 build, seriously?!?!?!) I end up logging into the servers for admin. The way Windows 10 is handling RSAT (forcibly removing them every time there's a feature update, then forgetting to package some tools into the next build) means I'm better off working directly in a server anyway. Add to that the iPad's capability for full Ethernet when necessary for on-site networking equipment maintenance, and it makes the perfect on-the-go workhorse. Adding in the amazing battery life just makes it better.

Edited 2017-10-26 19:05 UTC

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