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I am looking at options for a ThinClient OS. I have looked at ThinStation and Windows Thin PC. I ...
2nd December 2011, 12:47 AM #1
Free ThinCient OS Software
I am looking at options for a ThinClient OS. I have looked at ThinStation and Windows Thin PC. I was wondering what elese is out there please? I would like something that is free if possible.
We are using Windows RDS not Citrix. I would also like something that doesn't use PXE boot.
Last edited by FN-GM; 2nd December 2011 at 12:56 AM.
Reason: PXE info added
2nd December 2011, 12:59 AM #2
I've been looking at kvm and am keen to see a spice client embedded into a thin client. I know redhat have a PXE bootable thin client OS. Thinstation is good because it's all in one and doesn't rely on NFS partitions. It is lacking on drivers and it can be difficult to integrate apps into it without detailed knowledge. If all else fails, I don't think that it would be all that epic to build a Thin Client OS based on the distribution of your choice, boot it via PXE and use NFS. Take a look at how LTSP boots, mounts a partition. You don't need to run in LTSP mode, over 10yrs ago a friend had a lab of PC's booting linux running from NFS - ie diskless 'fat' clients using a san as a filesystem.
2nd December 2011, 09:00 AM #3
I've found Slax and SystemRescueCD to both be pretty good in the past - they both include rdesktop and you can customise boot operations so they load straight in to a remote session. They include more drivers for more hardware than Thinstation seems to, and can be installed on local media - both are easily small enough to fit on solid state memory of some kind.
Originally Posted by FN-GM
16th January 2012, 02:10 AM #4
Not looked at this in a while just looking at it again. Does anyone else have any input please? I am open for solutions that use PXE.
16th January 2012, 08:56 AM #5
I came across this last week: AnywhereTS - the free soft thin client creator
It seems to allow you to boot the thin client image over the network via PXE, boot directly from a USB stick, install to the local hard drive from a CD/USB stick and a few other methods.. not managed to get it working yet though. It runs but just hangs and then says it can't get an IP address. Going to give it another shot later.
Thanks to Chris_ from:
FN-GM (16th January 2012)
18th June 2012, 06:14 PM #6
Hi @Chris_ did you manage to get this working please?
18th June 2012, 07:45 PM #7
is the modern version of rdesktop that supports features introduced since Windows 2000 and is currently still in development so is almost certainly a better choice as the client to be tacked on top of the light OS session.
Edit: looks like it is already integrated via a different frontend into thinstation as http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Remmina
Last edited by SYNACK; 18th June 2012 at 07:47 PM.
18th June 2012, 07:47 PM #8
The problem is i am not that good with Linux, so i am not sure i would make the OS be locked down.
Originally Posted by SYNACK
18th June 2012, 07:58 PM #9
Not Free but could be of use VDIBlaster £20 per machine but they might do you discount if you going to buy bulk licenses.
18th June 2012, 10:27 PM #10
I seem to recall that I did get it working, however it was a bit fussy about some of the network drivers... can't remember what cards I got it working with and which didn't work.
Originally Posted by FN-GM
I'd recommend you taking a look at it. It's very simple to set up.
18th June 2012, 10:56 PM #11
What puts me off is they have ended support for it, in a few years it might leave me needing to find something else again.
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