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Can someone explain to me what thin clients are?
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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thin_client

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lol thanks...I was being lazy
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Now I have a new question: How can I make thin clients? They look like the perfect solution.

Is it possible to build them? Do I have to purchase them prebuilt?
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Any computer with a motherboard, CPU, RAM, and a network card that is capable of a PXE boot can be a thin client. In other words, if your BIOS has the option to "network boot", then it can be a thin client.

Then you install linux on a full machine and start up a "bootp" server. Every distro should have it included I think. Then you configure the clients to boot from the server's IP address, and all should go well.
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just found this in an email from custom pc

http://www.custompc.co.uk/news/60259...aptop-kit.html
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post #7 of 11
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Any computer with a motherboard, CPU, RAM, and a network card that is capable of a PXE boot can be a thin client. In other words, if your BIOS has the option to "network boot", then it can be a thin client.

Then you install linux on a full machine and start up a "bootp" server. Every distro should have it included I think. Then you configure the clients to boot from the server's IP address, and all should go well.
Thanks!

So if I go with thin clients, I just need a powerful server, and really skimpy thin clients right? Like...sempron, 512mb ram, integrated gfx, no hdd? How powerful should the server be? Would a Q6600 and 4gb ram be enough for 3 thin-clients? I have to be able to run X and firefox on the thin-clients.
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Some of my customers are "thin clients" - they really need to eat more (or puke less).

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my buudy has a 2x dual xeon racks one for back up to manage 25 thin clients plus the phones i think
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my buudy has a 2x dual xeon racks one for back up to manage 25 thin clients plus the phones i think
Oh cool then so a quad should be fine for 3.

16core/25clients
4cores/3clients

So is it possible I could reuse some reeeally old 200mhz Pentiums for the thin-clients?
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