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ZDNet: Evan Leibovitch -- In search of a really suite deal

Sep 28, 1999, 18:15 (7 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Evan Leibovitch)

"Sun's thin-client model -- dumb clients dependent on big Sun servers -- most certainly has its benefits. The kinds of tasks once entrusted to dumb terminals, be they VT100s or something similar, are handled just fine by Sun Rays. Pure database entry systems, such as bank machines or airline reservation programs, are very well suited."

"But I have reservations about wanting that model to be universal. An article from the German Web site Telepolis titled Turning Tides examines the connection between the Star Division purchase and the recently-discovered Hotmail security breach. Author Felix Stalder makes the interesting case that dumbed-down terminals will be deceptively simple, and only the computer literate will have the knowledge to figure out when their security has been compromised by the maintainers of these increasingly centralized servers..."

"Point is, Sun's thin-client model is not universally Good. But it's not universally Bad. By the same token, Microsoft's thick-client model won't fly or fall for everyone either. Both approaches have their advantages and their downsides..."

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