Resources for “Thinking Thin”

X.Org Foundation:

Window Managers for X:









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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

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 :)