mhaney at ercbroadband.org
Mon Oct 27 12:37:57 UTC 2008
Wade Smart wrote:
> 20081027 0718 GMT-6
> A short while back I posted some questions about using Thin Clients at
> the local school. That fizzled out. I received a email this morning from
> the school wanting to know if I could setup a multi-station lab like
> what is in this email.
> The second link tells about what they are doing.
> This is just what I was talking about - right?
> Just done only in one location and district wide.
I fail to see how this is different from a thin-client solution. At
least in it's basic elements. You are still using a single machine to
provide desktops to other systems. They claim:
The Linux Desktop Multiplier, powered by Userful, allows up to 10
thick-client user stations to connect to a single SUSE Linux Enterprise
Desktop computer. User stations consist of only a monitor, USB keyboard
But, this is kinda contradictory, by definition a 'thick client' is a
full desktop system (more or less, including notebooks, etc). But if a
'user station' doesn't have a MB/CPU combo (all inclusive), then this is
nothing more than another type of thin client setup.
Personally, you'd almost be better off just running remote X sessions on
each system (use XFCE or something) to provide a 'full desktop'. That
works pretty much the same way this setup works.
Either way you look at it, it's a remote desktop design. Each 'station'
must get it's desktop from central location and it doesn't matter if the
'station' is a full client or a thin one.
My $0.02 anyway.
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