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Thin Client

Apr 12, 2010, 23:04 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Serdar Yegulalp)

"A thin client is a computer system used to run applications where most of the actual processing is done on a remote server linked over a network. The local machine – the thin client – is simply used to display the results in a way that is as close as possible to what you might see when running the program locally. These local machines are also called a slim or a lean client.

"Thin clients are not new. They're actually one of the most basic concepts in modern computing. We used to know them more conventionally as dumb terminals.

"Such systems consisted of a teletype or CRT, connected to the computer in question via a coaxial cable. The terminal had little capacity of its own except the ability to print and send text.

"Printers could execute certain auxiliary functions depending on their make and model, functions such as sending characters to punched tape or performing overprinting. CRTs could also perform certain display-manipulation commands—move the cursor, clear a line, insert or delete text, etc.—but these things were heavily device-dependent."

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