Thin Clients Revisited

I’ve long advocated using GNU/Linux thin clients in schools and offices. It just makes sense to save licensing costs and simplify maintenance. IGEL reports “Shipments of Linux-based endpoint devices” were 35% of units shipped in 2017.
See “Linux and the Thin Client Management Market
I guess I was ahead of my time. I recommended ~80% of seats could benefit from using thin clients and GNU/Linux could certainly do the job. That was in the day when web-browsers did not have to sling much JavaScript. Today the burden on clients is much greater. WWW.CNN.com regularly chokes my smartphone… The downloads timeout. However, servers are now much more powerful and they can run the JS for the thin clients. Of course, most businesses and schools can control the websites browsed, cache stuff locally and avoid loading things up.

It’s all good. It pays to use FLOSS and GNU/Linux.

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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