Linked by fran on Mon 11th Apr 2011 22:50 UTC
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 ricegf on Tue 12th Apr 2011 10:20 UTC in reply to "Wait.. but.."
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That's not necessarily the point.

For example, let's say you (major corporation) have a key custom client-server app that you need to distribute to a few hundred suppliers. The suppliers are providing the desktops, but you're providing the server and data warehouse accessible via an encrypted channel over a wide area network. You have at least three options.

(1) Rewrite the client as a web app. This takes probably a year, includes considerable risk, may affect performance, and may not be feature-complete.

(2) You can send the client to each supplier, work through each of their app approval processes, and provide remote technical support - for every version you release.

(3) You can set up a virtual terminal server such as SPICE or Citrix and run the client on your own servers. To your supplier-based users, it launches like a web app but runs like a native app. You keep full control of the client code, and distribute new versions with a centralized server install. Tech support drops to usability issues, as you know it's installed correctly on a capable machine. And you needn't change a single like of code in the client or server to do it.

Really, for rather common scenarios such as this, it's a no-brainer.

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