While I have long believed thin client computing is the way to go for most of us, Android/Linux took off on small cheap computers before GNU/Linux. It’s all good but 2015 may allow GNU/Linux to catch up.“Intel today launched IntelÂ® Easy Migration, an app for first time Chromebook users that allows for seamless transfer of data and files onto Intel-based Chromebooks. The app, available on iOS, Android and Windows operating systems, helps transfers contacts, documents, photos, videos and audio files from a Windows PC as well as Android and iOS-based smartphones to Intel-based Chromebooks. The app also allows a user to hand pick files for custom migration. Learn more about IntelÂ® Easy Migration.” Intel, for instance, now has an application that users of Wintel PCs can run to set up their Google clouds for use with Intel Chromebooks… but once that data is in the cloud ARMed Chromebooks can also deal with it. ChromeOS is basically Chrome web browser and a few applications working on a GNU/Linux thin client.
The regular thin clients are not sitting still either. Everyone and their dog are making thin clients these days and many run GNU/Linux.
There’s even a 21.5″ all-in-one thin client for folks who don’t want or can’t leave that other OS but are glad to leave it on the server…
“Atrust A66 adopts LinuxÂ® operating system, offering a flexible and reliable platform for various needs with low cost. Atrust A66 is equipped with four USB ports connectivity and supports up to 1920 by 1080 HD resolutions, remote connection and a close-to desktop experience.” It runs GNU/Linux on ARM.
“Sixty-percent of small businesses that are hacked go out of business within six months.”With the hacking of SONY fresh in everyone’s mind, even small business are looking for small cheap secure IT. They can get it with thin clients running GNU/Linux. Even small businesses should encrypt everything and it’s easier to do that on a few servers than on a hundred PCs.
IDC reports thin clients have continued to increase share of PC-production and forecasts that trend will continue for years to come. While share is still small at 4.4%, the longer life of thin clients leverages that into a higher share of installed base. There’s no reason at all that all of those thin clients can’t run GNU/Linux on ARM.