Linked by Kasra Yousefi on Fri 7th Jan 2005 17:44 UTC
Editorial Problem: Even the most powerful PC's become non responsive during resource-intensive computations, such as graphic design, media, image rendering and manipulating. The traditional solution has been to upgrade to a faster computer and throw more computing power at the problem to lessen the wait-time. But there's a simple solution that utilizes multiple machines, but without using grid/clustering. For now, this involves a hack, but how hard would it be for an OS vendor to streamline this process?
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MS Terminal services
by Marcelo on Fri 7th Jan 2005 20:57 UTC

Microsoft has the Terminal Services solution for running win32 applications on windows servers but TSCAL (licenses to terminals) are abusive. M$ calculates the TSCAL price to don't be cheaper to use windows dumb terminals...

I use very old machines (Pentium 100 with 32 MB RAM) as X-terminals of the Thinstation (http://thinstation.sf.net) solution. I recommend it. I use mainly for run firefox and OpenOffice on Pentium 4 or Athlon XP servers running linux. TS also comes with rdesktop client for M$ servers.

For spare windows machines I install Cygwin/XFree (http://x.cygwin.com/) to access the linux servers and run graphical applications.