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    Thin Clients - where do I start

    Ive been asked to look into thin client setup for a small primary school with very little money, but have no idea where to start, can someone give me a few pointers in the right direction please?

    The School has a pritty good (not great) spec Win 2008 server and around 20 Windows XP PCs/Laptops
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    The cutter project is a good place to start cutterproject

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    Thin client?

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    Quote Originally Posted by pshuttle View Post
    Thin client?
    Thank you for your so helpful post

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    It wasn't meant to be sarky. I just didn't know if "think client" was a propriety thin client product?

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    Ive corrected the typo now - thank you for pointing it out

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    POssibly look at Zero Clients as well using MultiPoint server over Ethernet.

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    What kind of applications are they looking at running and what kind of problems are they looking to solve by using thin clients?

    I am a great advocate of thin client techonlogy (we use them at my secondary) however I wouldn't look to use them in a primary without a very good reason.

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    Let me know if we can send you a terminal to connect to your existing server - will take about 20 seconds of your time to configure and connect, and give you
    a pretty good feel of what thin clients are all about.

    Axel Technical Support - M80 setup and booting - YouTube

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    I've looked into this and did some testing I was using LTSP - Linux Terminal Services Project. It's built into Edubuntu, Its pretty simple and cost effective.

    LTSP Live Howto | Edubuntu

    Hope that link helps

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    I'm having a HP 6200 with eight T200 clients delivered for testing and evaluation next week. I hope it's going to be as good as they claim as it will solve quite a few problems with finances being as they are! I'm not putting them into ICT suites though, no heavy graphics work, just for word processing/spreadsheets/research etc.

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    Quote Originally Posted by LordNewton View Post
    Ive been asked to look into thin client setup for a small primary school with very little money, but have no idea where to start
    In my experience, what makes a half-decent thin client is the client-side graphics performance - a Windows Server 2008 Remote Desktop Services server will provide pretty good performance to clients with reasonably modern graphics. Interestingly, the Raspberry Pi will include decent graphics - it could potentially make for a very good, cheap thin client:

    Raspberry Pi | An ARM GNU/Linux box for $25. Take a byte!

    Also, it should have good enough local performance to run a local web browser - simply have a basic Linux desktop with links to the local web browser and specific remote applications.

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    Hopefully only simple apps bit of word processing and internet, thinking a Linux client?
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    Quote Originally Posted by LordNewton View Post
    Hopefully only simple apps bit of word processing and internet, thinking a Lunix client?
    Yes, any Linux distribution that includes RDesktop should be able to connect to a TS / RDS server okay. RDesktop only supports an older version of RDP, though, so you won't gain anything by having RemoteFX-enabled servers - there's no point paying for fancy server-accelerated graphics, Linux-based clients won't be able to use it. However, in my experience video performance is still perfectly acceptable in most cases anyway, and if you're using a local web browser to show most web pages and videos anyway, all the server is left doing most of the time is Word and the occasional PowerPoint slideshow.

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