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Librenix: The Network Computer: An Opportunity for Linux

Oct 06, 2003, 22:00 (4 Talkback[s])

"Sometimes you will hear of a network computer referred to as a 'thin client.' While there is some overlap in usage, the two terms originated in opposite realms. 'Thin client' historically refers to a small, simple software client that runs only the user interface for a multiuser application. In an increasingly broad range of applications a web browser is used, without modification, as this client tier.

"The term 'network computer', on the other hand, is usually used to refer to a small footprint PC replacement that appears, at first glance, to serve a similar function as the mainframe terminal of years past, but with mouse input and a graphical color display. The fusion of the two terms is probably due to the fact that the network computer includes a thin client in its firmware. While this article is nominally about network computers, some of the points that I will discuss here are actually about the thin client software that is an inherent part of the network computer (NC) itself..."

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