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

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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RE: Comment by Morgan
by darknexus on Thu 26th Oct 2017 19:11 UTC in reply to "Comment by Morgan"
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It does seem like we're going somewhat backward, though I suspect it's a consequence of the workstation/bandwidth dynamic shifting in favor of bandwidth over processing power. That, coupled with the fact that most people don't want to maintain their machines, and we end up swinging back and around to this way of computing.
As for the Chromebook, I did try that. Chrome OS just doesn't have some things I need such as LogMeIn, and the support for RDP is kind of gimped. The Android versions didn't work well on a Chromebook for me when I tried. My iPad always has its keyboard on it anyway, so it may as well be built in, and the battery life on it blows all the Chromebooks I've tried clean out of the water. Everyone's situation is different though and, if you primarily remote into *NIX workstations (wish I did), a Chromebook will get the job done though I worry about how much stuff gets sent back to Google while I'm using the thing.

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