How to Implement FLOSS

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.

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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20 Responses to How to Implement FLOSS

  1. oiaohm says:

    bw –Certainly there are a lot of uses for embedded processors, but any successful company is going to just purchase components and mount them efficiently within their own enclosures along with custom software.–
    In fact this is not all of them. Like the bins in the prior example.

    194x150x25.4 Exactly what is about items about that size. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Flat_Display_Mounting_Interface

    Yep something small enough to mount behind a screen.

    bw reality you build the bin chassis you leave space to fit a standard size part. Why its going to get damaged. Items in mass production are cheaper than one offs.

    Any successful company company will avoid producing one off boards where able.

    –If you are so coarse as to have to embed a commercial PC unit in your apparatus, you deserve your fate, I think.–
    So don’t use an ATM. There these days the ones with custom boards in them is rare.

    Reality most items like bins, ATM… these have support contracts on them. If you cannot repair them in a suitable time you have to be paying.

    bw so are you really mad enough to go out and order custom parts for a Garbage bin or Sign or ATM or some other device you will have a long term support contract for. Or do you just leave enough free space that you can fit in a standardish size part.

    Does the client really care about that little bit of wasted space inside the case they cannot see. No they don’t particularly if it hidden behind a do not look bit of metal. Yes you make a box larger size of part and label it with your company logo. Of course service agents in time find out what is hidden in there.

    Giada A51 PC unit is not a stock standard PC desktop. Its built to be embedded as well as used on desk.

    bw
    –That doesn’t benefit you or anyone else other than the equipment maker.–

    Lot of times it still benefits the wider Linux world.

    bw there is another downside with a truly custom board. You are 100 percent dependant on your own staff to make operational drivers.

    You could build the best ATM/Sign case going but if the computer is crashing due to poor drivers it will not sell.

    bw there are many common senses reasons not to reinvent the wheel if you don’t have to. Something without space restrictions of a massive scale reinvent the wheel is stupidity compared to taking off the shelf solution.

    So yes PC hardware selling to be embedded in something is very common bw.

  2. bw says:

    “Embedded usage of your conventional PC is multi million numbers”

    You just pulled that number out of thin air, I think, but, even so, multi-millions is just a percent point or two of annual shipments. Most are Windows PCs still.

    If you are so coarse as to have to embed a commercial PC unit in your apparatus, you deserve your fate, I think. Certainly there are a lot of uses for embedded processors, but any successful company is going to just purchase components and mount them efficiently within their own enclosures along with custom software. Doubtless many use some configuration of Linux or other open source as a base to run their application code, but so what? That doesn’t benefit you or anyone else other than the equipment maker.

  3. oiaohm says:

    George Wilson
    –Perhaps they, too, run with Linux?–
    There is a Perhaps that they might be an X86 PC class computer running Desktop Linux running linux robot control software.

    These are very interesting Perhaps to follow up.

    This is why where Linux is gets strange. Percentage of those machines Microsoft says must have pirate software on will be running Linux in strange locations that a user never truly interfaces with. So the machine leaves the factor as a PC gets embedded into something then never sees the light of day again unless of course it has a screen and kernel panics.

    You would expect china to have a higher number of unaccountable machines due to factories and other robotic usages. These strange usages start showing up when you are tracking stuff.

    George Wilson that is the thing about Linux these days it in some places it fairly much everywhere. But somehow its magically invisible. People life depends on it and they don’t know it.

    George Wilson that bin one in Austalia few capitals some of the smart bins are wifi hotspots. Yes Linux can act as an access point.

    This is why I said snoop around it when it back on-line.

    Yes that photo was not just a photo of a bin. It was a photo of a x86 AMD processor bin.

    This is why I have such a issue when people take the point of view that only people buying PC’s are computer users. Section of the PC market is bought by people wanting to embed them into things.

    Embedded usage of your conventional PC is multi million numbers.

    Some ATM’s have a stock standard Dell computer inside. Yes full case and all.

    This is where it becomes a problem. George Wilson what should it been counted as. PC without Windows or an ATM.

    Basically I have studied what doors stuff is going out. The normal examples don’t line up.

  4. George Wilson says:

    Ah, sorry, my bad. It’s actually from とある科学の超電磁砲. (Incidentally, you can read all those kanji/kanji-compounds in Chinese, and they mean exactly the same.)

  5. George Wilson says:

    George Wilson where was that garbage bin made big interesting question. Also something like the garbage bin would never turn up in Internet or Steam studies.

    Did you know? In とある魔術の禁書目録 there are no stationary garbage bins. Instead there are computerized garbage bins moving around, picking up the garbage from the street wherever it lies. Perhaps they, too, run with Linux?

  6. George Wilson says:

    You don’t do much figuring of anything around here George. You just open your mouth and FUD comes out.

    That’s perfectly understandable. You are invested too much in your little cult, you simply can’t admit that your whole reasoning is just bonkers.

    I pity you. I really do.

  7. kozmcrae says:

    George Wilson wrote:

    “I should’ve figured as much.”

    You don’t do much figuring of anything around here George. You just open your mouth and FUD comes out.

  8. oiaohm says:

    George Wilson that picture showing a Giada A51 running Linux. Its one of the common items accused of running pirate.

    As you can see someone buys a Giada A51 PC unit and embeds it in something then it sells as something else.

    George Wilson where was that garbage bin made big interesting question. Also something like the garbage bin would never turn up in Internet or Steam studies.

    PC hardware is used for more than Desktop computers.

  9. George Wilson says:

    Do you live in a trailer park, too, kozmcrae? I should’ve figured as much.

  10. kozmcrae says:

    George Wilson is a ticking Troll bomb. He will self destruct. It’s only a matter of time.

    George takes the total denial route. Complete fantasy. What you say George Wilson is total crap.

  11. oiaohm says:

    George Wilson the kernel panic reveals the contained hardware. This is why publishing items you don’t know how to read is a bad thing. There is a little bit in that picture that could have been deleted that would have remove hardware identification.

    You need to be more careful with your mud slinging. George Wilson.

    The kernel panic even tells you the problem failed storage media.

    EDD: Error 1000 reading sector

    George Wilson yes that photo is quite readable. Failed storage media can happen to any OS.

    So why make a big deal out of it. George Wilson.

    Just to be more warped I know a trailer park that is managed by a Linux computer.

    George Wilson
    –If Linux were a person, it’d live in a trailer park.–
    Currently Linux does supporting many different forms reservation manager software in fact.

    This is the problem. Trailer park joke is more reality than you like.

  12. George Wilson says:

    I think George Wilson is undeniably a troll throwing mud every direction.

    No, no, the mud-slinging is done by you. You have no clue about Windows. And you revel in this fact.

  13. George Wilson wrote, “Windows’ hardware support is much better than Linux’. There’s no need to tinker to get new hardware to run. That’s an undeniable fact.”

    I deny your fact. In a school where I used to work, I responded to a constant stream of malware by making disc-images of clean machines and installing them on infected machines. For XP, I needed one disc-image for each type of machine because they could not adapt to the different environment very easily. With GNU/Linux, one image covered the whole building: machines from Acer, Dell, HP, Lenovo all worked smoothly from a single distro and disc-image. Linux would boot and the GNU tools would and provide the right drivers first from the initrd file and finally from the init scripts. XP would freeze just by swapping mouse.

  14. oiaohm wrote, “George Wilson so for correct data complete score of zero.”

    I think George Wilson is undeniably a troll throwing mud every direction.

  15. George Wilson says:

    Careful with you jokes, Peter.

  16. oiaohm says:

    http://www.polywell.com/us/oem/Giada_A51.asp George Wilson when its back running again it would be interesting to snoop around the bin for open wifi or bluetooth.

    Yes there is a lot of detail in a kernel panic.

  17. oiaohm says:

    George Wilson that is not just a Linux trashbin. That is a Ubuntu Advertising Trash bin. Look a bit closer at the picture.

    So much for not being able to find Linux. Until it kernel panicked people would have walked past it day in day out and never once guess its Linux.

    Kernel panic tell as more than just that it Linux.

  18. oiaohm says:

    George Wilson

    –Cross-platform FLOSS runs better on Windows. That’s an undeniable fact.–
    What trying to lie threw teeth. Depends what it is. Gcc for example runs better on Linux than Windows. Apache runs better on Linux, Mysql benchmarks higher on Linux… List goes on.

    There are a class of applications that sux on Linux. GPU heavy applications have suxed due to lower speed opengl compared to Windows.

    There are a long list of benchmarks showing Windows suxing.

    –Windows’ hardware support is much better than Linux’. There’s no need to tinker to get new hardware to run. That’s an undeniable fact.–
    This is not undeniable fact. Linux support for HP USB printers for example is way better. You can network share a HP USB printer from a Linux box. Where you cannot from a Windows box. Tinker here is by a small Linux box to host your HP printer so it you network share it with Windows with a HP logo on it called a network printer sharer.(Yes many windows users have bought these things)

    –Windows’ documented APIs are superior to any Linux “standards”. That’s an undeniable fact.–

    Ask Valve about this one. Valve had found Linux better for debugging and finding issues in there programs due to Linux debugging interface standards. Dwarf and Perf and others. Valve and other have made videos about this difference.

    So far every one of your so called undeniable fact is not a fact.

    Redhat distribution software is not 5 to 10 years old.

    –Let the Linux ass clowns play in their sandbox like the little children they are. Make money on/with Windows.–

    Funny. Are you planing on porting you application to Android yes/no. In fact if that is your goal porting to a Linux distribution first is a simpler less painful process.

    George Wilson so for correct data complete score of zero.

  19. George Wilson says:

    Finally something Linux gets right:

    Kernel panic on a trashcan.

    That’s what Linux is, my friends: trash. If Linux were a person, it’d live in a trailer park.

  20. George Wilson says:

    Why the Hell should we put up with applications that run only on that faulty/defective-by-design OS?

    Because it happens to work. Unlike the piece of crap that is every Linux distribution under the sun.

    Cross-platform FLOSS runs better on Windows. That’s an undeniable fact.

    More and better software is available for the Windows platform. That’s an undeniable fact.

    Windows’ hardware support is much better than Linux’. There’s no need to tinker to get new hardware to run. That’s an undeniable fact.

    Windows’ documented APIs are superior to any Linux “standards”. That’s an undeniable fact.

    When you buy a Red Hat subscription you only get the same old and tired crap software that has already sucked 5 to 10 years ago. Buy Windows and you get something for your money: a state-of-the-art operating system that actually works.

    Linux is just an all-around suckfest.

    If you’re a developer: don’t bother with Linux. It’s not worth it.

    Let the Linux ass clowns play in their sandbox like the little children they are. Make money on/with Windows.

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