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The Skinny on Linux for Thin Client Computing

May 28, 2008, 18:30 (4 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Walaika K. Haskins)

"Technology moves at a lightning-fast pace. A brand new desktop computer has an average lifespan of two to five years, after which both its hardware and its software have become obsolete. For businesses and other organizations, this poses a significant challenge as they attempt to keep their IT purchasing budgets down while simultaneously trying to keep their infrastructures up to date.

"Enter the thin client--either a repurposed desktop computer or a brand-new terminal device. It has a monitor, keyboard, mouse, CPU, CD-ROM and memory, but its hard drive has been removed. Instead of running a full operating system [OS] and applications directly from the hard drive, the OS and applications reside on a central server accessible to all these machines..."

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