Linux Thin Clients: The Server

Posted by freethinker on Mar 25, 2005 4:41 AM EDT
InformIT; By Marcel Gagné
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Linux offers an excellent alternative for businesses looking for something different in an OS. However, Linux with all of its components and options installed can be a massive resource hog. Enter "thin clients," pared-down Linux installations, which offer a streamlined OS for lighter system usage.

For many companies and individuals looking for alternatives to their desktop operating system, Linux is the natural choice and offers many relatively painless ways to make that switch. Unfortunately, modern Linux distributions running KDE and GNOME can demand a great deal of resources, and in some cases, companies looking to make a switch have been holding on to fairly modest PC hardware. Luckily, Linux enables you to set up workstations with minimal Linux installations that offload most of the work to a powerful, central server.

This is the thin-client approach. Just how thin this client can be is a matter of which approach you choose. In fact, it can all be done without even reinstalling the client PCs.

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