Linked by mufasa on Mon 10th Aug 2009 12:25 UTC
Web 2.0 The web browser has been the dominant thin client, now rich client, for almost two decades, but can it compete with a new thin client that makes better technical choices and avoids the glacial standards process? I don't think so, as the current web technology stack of HTML/Javascript/Flash has accumulated so many bad decisions over the years that it's ripe for a clean sheet redesign to wipe it out.
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by Brendan on Mon 10th Aug 2009 13:54 UTC
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Most thin clients actually run protocols like RDP, VNC, Citrix ICA and X11; where a web browser runs on the server.

If the "thin" client is fat enough to run a modern web browser (and the OS underneath the web browser); then "a better thin client design" would probably involve distributed computing. The funny (ironic) thing is that most modern "thin" clients actually are fat enough to run Linux/WinXP - the only thing that makes them "thin" is the software installed on them.


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