Originally Posted by PCCstudent
Is the thin client idea useful for business applications? That is, would an employee that is used to using a "fat client" (full on desktop PC) notice the difference if their hardware was replaced by a thin client? If the answers is yes I don't see how this will be accepted by office workers. Once the worker gets used to the benifits of using the desktop PC it will be very hard to "downgrade" them to thin clients.
I do see how security would be easier to implement with the thin client. It is just that the thin clients must offer everything that fat clients offer or I see them as just a flash in the pan.
I found the HP T5145 thin client for 133.00 and the Intel quad port pro Network Card for as you say 400.00. One vendor is selling them for 53.00 (but he has no rating) how could someone sell these for 53.00?
It is still confusing as to how much of an OS the thin client needs and at what cost this OS will be sold (perhaps the thin clients OS is included with the hardware)
With people spending 400.00+ on gpu's and mega bucks on ram it all depends on what your interest is before you lable the product prohibitly expensive. I would not spend 400.00 on a gpu but would seriously consider spending the same on the Intel Quad port. I look at it this way, what is the high end gpu going to allow me to learn?
The Mondero X Pack looks very interesting.
I am thinking of things that will get me familiar with what I will see when and if I get sent to a job site, that is my prerequisite when deciding what to buy.
The user experience will be dependent on the infrastructure and the performance of the delivery system.
Thin clients boot from the network. I've recently started deploying virtualized desktops using VMWare View
. Everything runs off of one (or a bunch) of host servers on the network. You don't even need
to have a hard-drive installed on the thin-client...
For general office work, there's really no real noticeable difference. You would run into issues with applications that just generally do not run well in VM - such as graphics design & CAD work. Anything that's "intense" in any way or form...