|There are numerous advantages associated with Linux based X terminals. Some are unique to Linux, some are generally provided by the X technology.|
You can reuse your old PCs. While the technology evolves and new applications require more and more resources, the evolution of the display hardware is much slower. Applications can't draw faster than you can read :-)
We estimate that X terminal will outlive server upgrades. At some point you will invest in a stronger server, but you will keep your X terminals. You will probably upgrade your server twice before you think about upgrading your terminals. NEW
Managing one PC is easier than ten. Beside the hardware configuration (graphic, mouse, keyboard), no other software installation/maintenance is required on the terminals. You maintain the server, that's all. NEW
X terminals appear as a cost effective compromise. You save money, but you end up sharing one CPU (well multi CPU machine are great application servers...). In practice this does not work that way. In fact, X terminals solutions often run circles around conventional solutions performance wise.
There are various reasons why. There are some technical and some economical ones.
Each user has his personal directory on the server. This directory contains his data files as well as his personal settings. This includes
The user is allowed to move from one X terminal to the other without productivity loss. This is especially important if one unit fails. NEW
Everything being stored on the server, the backup strategy is simple. No policies to enforce (do not store sensitive data on your workstation), since the user has no option. NEW
Batery backup (UPS)
The only important machine is the application server. Putting a single batery backup on it will protect the work in progress of every user in the advent of a power failure. With conventional workstation, this requires one unit per computer. NEW
The key concept behind the X terminal technology is the flexibility. Linux based X terminal successfully pass the following survey:
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