What is Linux thin client hardware to connect to a Linux server?

Posted on 2004-11-07
Last Modified: 2013-12-06

I'm running a network of 10 clients connected into a Red Hat Linux server.  The clients are very old PCs (486 or Pentium I boxes) running Windows 95, with Vista eXceed as their local X-server.  They connect to the Linux server via XDM.  The ancient clients are starting to fail, and we're also severely short of desk space, so I'd like to use some thin client hardware boxes with their small 'footprint'.  LTSP is not so easy for me, as I don't have any administrative rights over our campus DHCP server, and LTSP seems to assume that you do.

What's the best solution?  X-terminals are surprisingly expensive (> $400 mostly), and I'd like to keep the costs to a minimum.  VNC might be rather too slow?

Question by:doyston
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    Have you tried VNC? VNC is pritty fast any you might be handy for you to have a go with it
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       cygwin/X is  X Window System on the Microsoft Windows family of operating systems

       It's free...


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    VNC hasn't proved anything like as fast as X on our network, and cygwin has been unstable for some of our key applications.
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    You can use Citrix Metaframe and buy any thin client's there is.
    Though you need to buy a license for Metaframe for that.

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    My primary OS for running applications is Linux.  As I understand it, Citrix Metaframe is designed for MS-Windows on the server (as an alternative to the RDP protocol with extra bells and whistles).

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    Obviously a trickier question to answer than I thought!  I've increased the points
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    Hi doyston,
    He wants a good thin-client computer to use the X-server. You will defintely want to use X over VNC in this case. I've used these before and had no problems:


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