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6th January 2010, 11:46 AM #1
Thin Client Netbooks
Just wondering if anyone is using anything like the wireless netbooks in the link below or anything similar.
Wireless Mobile Thin Clients - AT Labs Inc
6th January 2010, 05:25 PM #2
I breifly looked into mobile thin clients but soon found them to be ridiculously expensive. In the end I settled on bog standard XP Pro laptops that auto-login to present the user with an icon that initiates the ICA connection.
EDIT: BTW, General Dynamics make some nice looking ones if your still interested... plus, as a bonus, they are called Tadpoles!
Last edited by Ric_; 6th January 2010 at 05:28 PM.
6th January 2010, 06:50 PM #3
Yeh I've seen the price of most thin client laptops, the tadpoles look interesting but still probably too expensive.
I did come accross this which looks like it might solve my problems with XP Home if it does I can remove steadystate.
Download ThinXP 1.0 GPL
7th January 2010, 02:57 PM #4
Aww ThinXP seemed excellent in almost every way. XP Home booted and then loaded the Citrix client as the shell so no desktop or anything to fiddle with just like a CE client. Then I realised that the laptop function keys wouldn't work so a user couldn't control volume of screen brightness. Damn there's always a stumbling block
9th January 2010, 12:54 PM #5
The tadpoles are Sun Ray in a notebook/netbook form. They do 8" and 10" versions. They ARE reassuringly expensive, but very good.
Originally Posted by cookie_monster
9th January 2010, 01:03 PM #6
HP had a go at something similar - HP 4410t Mobile Thin Client Small & Medium Business
I don't really see this technology lifting off (at least as a single use device) for quite a while (if ever) so long as people can still use cheaper (and lighter) netbooks for the same reason.
All the same I can see the security benefits but does it better than using the greater versions of Windows 7 with Bit Locker?
10th January 2010, 04:12 PM #7
Now i've got ThinXP working on XP Home I think i'll just be using basic netbooks now.
20th January 2010, 06:39 PM #8
- Rep Power
got a pile of wyse netbooks in my office, would not have them if someone pay me to take them again if i am honest, screens are poor and break easily, fail to charge, battery packs come out too easily and then the plastic clips get damaged so you cant keep the battery in.
i would agree with the others go with something more main stream and load a auto logon and citrix client on the desktop.
oh and spares are like rocking horse poo to get hold of, was quotoed over £400+ for a new screen.
20th January 2010, 06:41 PM #9
We had one of the Tadpoles for a wee while, and erm i have to say they are amazing! with a few seconds i was connected to my VDI session over the wireless!! no messing around
20th January 2010, 08:01 PM #10
We often get asked if we make laptop thin clients - but as most of the posts above say, this is not really a viable thin client market today, mainly down the manufacturing volumes/costs.
Realistically the upper price ceiling is the cost of a low end Windows laptop/notebook, and this is too low for (it seems) for anyone to produce a viable competing laptop thin client.
Desktop thin clients take benefit from low cost PC monitors/keyboards/mice - a laptop thin client does not, so their cost seems disproportionately high
Also, for a desktop TC - the TC can in many cases claim to be equivalent to a PC as far as the user is concerned, whereas a laptop TC can't claim to be equivalent to laptop PC, (step out of wifi range and the laptop TC is a brick).
As PC laptops have a cost benefit and useful extra functionality it is going to be hard for a thin client to provide a better solution for most cases for the forseeable future....
Of course there will be cases where the extra cost of a laptop TC is justified, but this is a niche in the wider thin client market.....
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