Resources for “Thinking Thin”

X.Org Foundation: www.x.org

Window Managers for X: www.xwinman.org

GNOME: www.gnome.org

KDE: www.kde.org

NoMachine: www.nomachine.com

FreeNX: freenx.berlios.de

Cygwin: www.cygwin.com

IGEL: www.igel.com

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OS for Thin cliient

Joe Sharp's picture

Any thin client that can boot off of a USB can run Knoppix and Ubuntu w/o changes just copy it to a USB flash ram.

Good article - but no need to add layers to X

Chris Turner's picture

A good roundup of thin client computing for the uninitiated -
but untrue statments such as

'although the window manager provides the fundamental functionality and the major aspects of the look and feel, that is not enought to consider it a fully usable system. The desktop environment completes the user interface with utilities, such as control panels and toolbars, and basic applications, suchas calculators and text
editors'

are bogus and misleading, and I believe to be rooted in a
misconception that a computer should look like MS windows where
version >= 95. In fact, some might consider that 'a fully usable system' need only provide a single tty login, but since you're
covering graphical interface systems I wont argue -that- particular
point. The main reason I got in to free unices is that I could make them -not- look like windows, so lets not turn off our like-minded audience :)

written from a "fully usable" windowmaker+wmdrawer+xemacs+xcalc+xfm

-Window Manager- based system thank you very much

but again, not to flame, a good review.

freenx on old desktops?

Jamin Davis's picture

nice intro to whats available in terms of protocols - XDMCP has
been a real PITA in the past and although I know nothing about
it NX sounds like a way of building on X, after all a much neater
way of doing things than RDP or ICA. Anyway you're a bit off, in
terms of upgradeable thin clients I played with some NextTerms a
while back, was built on linux with a proprietary wm but the applets
were open to modification and recompile.

Also be very interesting to know whether it's possible (desirable!) to
run a thinterm on older 50 quid laptops thereby giving them a new lease of life

but just realized you had

Anonymous's picture

but just realized you had pointed to the windowmanager link here..
so I suppose its okay :)

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