Re: Thin clients on wifi
* 100Mbit and 600-800MHz 32bit in-order CPU (Crusoe, early Via Eden): barely usable. User experience is awful, you can see it redrawing, it stalls, etc.
I've used similar spec terminals and come to precisely the opposite conclusion - for most business apps - for most business apps you can't tell the difference if everything is properly configured and you are using high level protocols (X11, RDP) rather than the bitmap kludges such as VNC. Hell, I remember a few years back I tried full screen movie playback to see how well it fared, software rendering on the remote machine rather than locally. In fact it coped surprisingly well - no, I'm not going to claim it was silky smooth because the frame rate was well down and became distinctly cine-filmish in panning shots - but it was watchable.
The only issue I ever observed in real use was with Firefox on X11 and then only fairly rarely - it seems the rendering code does pass large images directly over to the X server for it to scale before display. If you have a particularly graphically intensive page or a single large bitmap things would slow to the a crawl - displaying e.g. an 80MP image was not fun. However, how frequent is that for most of the target market? The fact it isn't much good for viewing high res porn is probably a plus.
I can only assume that this is either completely groundless FUD or you are not capable of configuring this kind of thing correctly. Either way your comments are completely divorced from reality.