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Freshmeat: The Case for Centralized Computing

Dec 24, 2000, 21:11 (5 Talkback[s])
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"Dan Feldman offers an analysis of the systems available for centralized computing in a computer lab, and how Linux can fit into them."

"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 increasingly common."

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