I found an interesting article about how businesses can use GNU/Linux thin clents. It covers all the important stuff…
“Implementing thin-client solutions achieves a number of benefits, including lower costs, easier maintenance, and an enhanced customer presence. Costs are reduced because the client’s hardware needs are less than solutions that require full, local-client functionality. Maintenance is easier because all the software maintenance is done on the server, because no software resides on the thin client itself. In fact, some businesses using thin-client solutions simply replace a failing thin client rather than perform maintenance on it. Again, because no software runs on the client, no configuration is needed on the replacement hardware. Finally, a thin-client solution can enhance customer presence because it lets a business safely provide access to customers within an environment that can be fully controlled and secured from the server.”
see How to Implement Open-Source Solutions: Thin Clients | Systems Management content from iPro Developer
…except there’s something terribly wrong with assuming the purpose of the thin client is to run applications on M$’s OS. A computer running GNU/Linux can do anything that a computer running M$’s OS can do but GNU/Linux will be better, faster and cheaper. That’s why TFA suggest using GNU/Linux on all the other infrastructure.
It’s past the time that we should assume the use of applications that are M$-only. That’s just plain silly. More computers were shipped with Android/Linux last year than M$’s OS. Why not assume Android/Linux “apps”? Why not replace M$-only applications with FLOSS applications that the world can use for $0? The world is huge compared to M$ and “partners” and can make its own software. The world has better office suites (better compliance with open standards), better browsers (faster, less malware), and better servers than M$ and “partners” (faster, greater uptime and throughput). Why the Hell should we put up with applications that run only on that faulty/defective-by-design OS?
Wake up! FLOSS should be the default solution and applications on that other OS a temporary solution while alternatives are found/created.