"Dan Feldman offers an analysis of the systems available for
centralized computing in a computer lab, and how Linux can fit into
"Throughout the early history of computing, systems were
predominantly centralized. Mainframes, and later UNIX servers,
provided the computing might, while inexpensive terminals provided
the interface for the users. With the advent of PCs, the role of
central servers declined. Today, many organizations are going
through a reverse change, gradually centralizing their services and
limiting the functionality of client machines."
"This movement toward centralized systems provides a potential
killer application for Linux. As the only operating system which
provides an excellent solution for both high-volume servers and
thin clients, Linux has the potential to make inroads in the
business and educational markets where centralized systems are
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