I love Debian GNU/Linux and thin clients. It’s the ideal solution for me and schools where I have worked. While reading an article about how thin clients are doing in the market, I came across some revelations:

  • “according to a Gartner report published earlier this year, 2011 marked the crossover point for enterprise applications. According to the report, half of all installed enterprise applications were written for Windows and half were OS neutral. Importantly, the trend showed a steady downward slope for Windows-native applications. If applications become less dependent on a particular underlying operating system on user hardware, “thinner” thin clients and especially zero-client hardware devices would become much more attractive to IT.”
  • “Today, the two biggest audiences for thin-client products are health care and education. Nearly every thin-client maker has a health-care-related use case that enables medical staff to access patient data on a desktop that follows them throughout the day.”

This supports my understanding and things are definitely improving for GNU/Linux and thin clients. Because everyone does not need to run all the applications dependent on that other OS, that other OS is becoming less relevant and more people will find the performance they need in GNU/Linux and thin clients.

I recommend Debian 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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2 Responses to Revelations

  1. Yep. I write this from a $140 thin client I bought a few years back. It’s just fine, except for video. I have USB linked to the server. I can type full speed and it keeps up. Browsing is great except for video and smooth scrolling in Chrome. Have to use FireFox with smooth scrolling turned off.

  2. oe says:

    Finally bought a couple of old thin-clients. I’m not using them in their intended use, rather I put a older version of slackware on them (wiping off the NT/XP embedded) and use them as a cheap ($15.00 on ebay) NAS, webserver, mailserver, and torrentboxs. Lot of goodness for 15 Watts power draw….but I must admit GNU/Linux is really flexible in all of its uses.

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