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    Xibo clients - Windows or Ubuntu?

    Hi all!

    I'm on the verge of setting up a new Xibo installation to replace our ageing PowerPoint-based digital signage.

    At present, I've decided I'm going to run the Xibo server component on Ubuntu Server. For the clients however, I'm not so sure. I'd prefer to run them on Ubuntu, saving the cost of Windows and Office licenses (I don't intend to embed PowerPoint files anyway), but get the impression that the Windows-based client might be easier to use and maintain. I'm anticipating using client machines with Core i3 or i5 processors and the on-board IntelHD graphics they provide, so hopefully there'll be no major performance problems hardware-wise.

    Has anybody got experience of both versions of the clients? Is there a large difference in reliability and/or performance between them?

    Thanks in advance of any guidance!


    I apologise if this topic has been covered before, but I've tried a couple of searches of the forum and haven't yet found too much on the subject. Admittedly, I've not looked too hard, so I may have missed something somewhere!


    **Edit
    Just discovered this forum thread on the exact same topic, which leads me to think I'm probably heading in the right direction!
    Last edited by dayzd; 14th July 2014 at 04:31 PM.

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    Once they're up and running, using/maintaining them is no different to Windows; the UI is browser based on both and nearly identical, if not actually identical. We got quite a performance increase by switching to Ubuntu as a server, on top of the reliability increase found by not using Powerpoint

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    That's a nicely re-assuring post. Thanks!

    I'm fairly certain I'll be making myself slightly less popular by offering something that doesn't support PPT (let's face it, most non-techy people like using it), but if the system is reliable enough without it, I don't imagine it'll be missed for long. :-)

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    Just export the powerpoint as a movie, very simple and works.

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    I would strongly suggest you take a look at the Android version for clients. We have two MINIX Neo minis which we get from Amazon for just over £50. Counter in a licence for £15 and you are looking at a cheap but very easy to manage system.

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    This ^

    I have been using Rikomagik HDMI sticks

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    Using the Windows client for past 2 years...works fine, doing the version upgrade in a few weeks...

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    We have indoor and outdoor signage, using Windows 8.1 clients on nettops - no problems with them. Most of the content is videos exported from PowerPoint. All on domain in a signage OU so have custom group policy settings. Uber easy to manage.

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