Thin Client Usage in Largo, FL

Dave Richards has a blog revealing some of the developments there. Recent items:

  • RDP is more widely used. They still have to use IE for some governmental web sites… It is simpler to have both GNU/Linux and that other OS use RDP to the same clients.
  • 8 X 6 core 64bit terminal server just for FireFox… 400 users seem to be no problem for these beasts. It’s comforting to see a pro like Dave Richards had some problems with X just as I did this past year.
  • Largo gets similar performance to what my folks got on our old Xeon for things like OpenOffice.org. This shows the scalability of GNU/Linux terminal servers.

I don’t know what Largo pays for 48 processor servers choked with RAM but HP sells similar products from $30K and up. That’s in the neighbourhood of $100 per user, a bit more than I usually pay ($25 fully loaded and $50 lightly loaded custom-built). It’s clear Dave Richards spends a lot of time customizing his servers/services. Amen.

With low cost of operation of thin clients, an organization can afford to fuss a lot over their servers and produce great performance at reasonable cost. For me it has been superior performance to that other OS on thick clients and it cost far less.

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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