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Byte.com: Using Linux Boxes And WTS/Citrix Servers

Dec 18, 2000, 20:24 (6 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Jerry Pournelle)

"I'm writing this on Linette, which is a pretty straightforward Red Hat 7 Linux box. Linette logs on to Euphonia, which runs NT Terminal Server and Citrix running. Except for the keyboard and smaller screen at this test station, I would be hard put to detect any differences from writing at my primary systems, which run Windows Me and Windows 2000, and have Word on the local machine."

"There's one difference, though: Over on the right side of my screen are those "dock apps" that run under Linux. One of those shows me CPU usage. Another shows the phases of the Moon (a bit greater than half-moon. Clicking on that gives more data.) While this isn't particularly useful, it's the kind of cool stuff that got people excited about the Macintosh when it first came out."

"Meanwhile, I saved this work to a file over on Galacticus, the Windows ME system I will write most of the column on. I could be working on the entire column here, but this works just as well. When I'm done here, I'll simply insert the file into the master column file. I could also be using the various Word collaborative tools to collaborate with myself. The point is, although there is no Microsoft software on this machine, I am running Microsoft Word as if there were."

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