If You Like Thin Clients Stay Away From That Other OS

Thin clients are wonderful. They are:

  • small
  • quiet
  • cool
  • inexpensive
  • fast

but M$ wants to take away one of their chief advantages. This is what BILL VEGHTE said in an interview at Credit Suisse Annual Technology Conference 2008:

“we’ve been very successful in making sure that if you want the full Windows experience on there, that that is not — that doesn’t hit our average selling price. It’s delivering that Windows experience just through a different model, but our ability to deliver that, to extract that value instead of sort of a royalty type thing, do it through Client Access Licenses, server side and client.”

I will stick with GNU/Linux, Bill. I want it all. Compared to those big, old boxes, they are beautiful, eh? Let us reclaim the desktop.thin_client1

About Robert Pogson

I am a retired teacher in Canada. I taught in the subject areas where I have worked for almost forty years: maths, physics, chemistry and computers. I love hunting, fishing, picking berries and mushrooms, too.
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4 Responses to If You Like Thin Clients Stay Away From That Other OS

  1. Yes. It is a sad thing that the jargon of M$’s sales-team has become part of the language of IT. I choose not to speak it unless absolutely necessary to communicate with one of their devotees. There is nothing good about experiencing software that is working against my wishes. I do not want it sniffing data for DRM, phoning home, pre-loading stuff I do not use, forcing people to use proprietary/closed formats etc. I am looking forward to my presentation at a conference of teachers in a few weeks to show them a quite different experience. They are used to bloatware taking minutes to boot and log in. They will do that in seconds on my portable lab that cost me $150 per seat to set up.

  2. markba says:

    “…if you want the full Windows experience…”

    I’ve seen this psychobabble for ages now. As soon as I discovered Open Source, I quickly recognized hollow terms as “Enterprise edition”, “Professional Version”, “Premium Edition”, all ment to give the product an aura of quality (except, in many cases it wasn’t …).

    Open Source in general gives you the full package, e.g. Ubuntu has just one version, it’s the same for home users and professional users, so no crippled products for me anymore.

  3. Yes. It is true that if you tell lies, you have to remember all of them in order to escape detection. It sounds like he forgot his “talking points”. They probably had something about “adding value” not taxing it… HEHEHE

    After June, that other OS will not be my problem any longer. I will retire and as a part time occupation help others escape M$.

    Thanks for your comment.

  4. Richard Chapman says:

    Bill’s words sound like they stumbled out of the mouth of a professional liar suddenly caught red handed. I think it’s coming to the point where Microsoft representatives are having a hard time presenting their wares with a straight face.

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