Here many commentators tell me that thin clients will never fly and that desktop PCs must have that other OS but refuse to believe that my GNU/Linux terminal servers and thin clients are much less expensive and have better performance than thick clients with that other OS. In an interview, Linus Torvalds said, “A lot of people end up spending a lot of time waiting for that traditional rotational media”
Yep. That’s the secret. Linux file systems cache stuff that every user needs to log in, open popular apps, open the next window, etc. and Linux, being a multi-user OS, shares executables so well that the next user can open stuff much faster than the first user. It’s an amazing difference. On a thick client, folks are just getting close to that performance when they use an SSD. My students and teachers have experienced this for years even when hard drives were smaller. They see things happen 2 to 5 times faster with GNU/Linux when tons of files are cached in RAM. On that other OS, when you boot or log in your expensive 6-core RAMed-out system is no faster than your hard drives… and that other OS makes you wait, please wait before you can actually use that desktop on your screen. Side by side demonstrations are convincing to end users.
Chuckle. I so much enjoy it when people actually see that other OS is holding them back from doing what they want. Some compensate by going for coffee or signing in but they still see the result every time they click on something…
Use Debian GNU/Linux and experience what a real OS has been doing for people for more than a decade while you have been waiting.