For years, I’ve been annoyed that Lenovo supports GNU/Linux on all its PCs and will ship GNU/Linux for those who demand it but did not advertise GNU/Linux units side by side with units burdened with that other OS. No longer. About a year ago, Lenovo started shipping thin clients with both OS and distributors are listing the products with prices…See the top and bottom listing. Those are identical hardware, one with that other OS embedded and the other with GNU/Linux. Those are just two examples. There are several more in the list of products.
So, that other OS costs you $69 more than GNU/Linux on a thin client device costing $297, 23% of the price. Do you really need to pay extra for permission to have your thin client show the pictures and send the clicks to/from a terminal server? Nope. Not if it’s running GNU/Linux (GNU/Linux thin client lists these protocols and applications: xFreeRDP, Citrix ICA Client,VMware View Client, Java, Mozilla Firefox, NX NoMachine Client, X11 Client, VDI-In-A-Box Java Client, AnyConnect VPN Client). Even if the terminal server runs that other OS, all you need is a CAL at less than half that price. So, businesses are having a choice. Insurance businesses in UK already use thin clients for 20% of PCs and that’s predicted to rise to 39% in a few years. Consumers typically know nothing of thin clients and are denied, but it’s one small step for freedom. I will mention thin clients to my neighbour when we talk about GNU/Linux this winter. He has 4 PCs. No doubt one would make a good terminal server and he can get what he wants with much less cost and complexity.