Re: Thin clients on wifi
Used to, but not any more. People requirements have changed, applications requirements have changed too.
I have a big box of retired thin clients and the exec summary from using libreoffice and el-reg without the adverts in firefox over X as a test is:
* 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.
* 1Gbit and single power 1GHz low power Athlon: works. Just about. CPU load is regularly past 50%.
* 1Gbit and dual core 1GHz Via (recent HP thin client models): works perfectly, but why? You might as well stick some flash into it and run things locally with the user data over NFS. That's what I did and it is now "happily ever after"
* X terminal thin client on wifi is a complete oxymoron. I tried to run that in the past several times both with and without OpenVPN (for compression purposes - it actually improves things quite a bit). The most recent one was using Samsung chromebook. Same story - more flash (hacking a 64 SD card into it permanently), apps locally, data in the network and "happily ever after".
There is absolutely no reason whatsoever to run "Terminal" type thin clients any more for performance/cost reasons. The sole reason is management. Even in that case it makes more sense to run the applications locally on the stupidly overpowered recent CPUs and have only the data in the network.
Do we like it or not this is a reality - VDI is dead.