Michael's point about testing is excellent! :-)

Other considerations include comparing prices - the price of desktop
computer has decreased greatly in the past few  years, narrowing the
price difference from thin clients.

Also consider how you might want to use the desktop/local machines.
The VCL is a desktop augmentation setup - so you likely want to use
the local machines for web surfing, e-mail, perhaps word processing
..., what else. That decision impacts the price of the thin client.

--henry schaffer

On Tue, Apr 10, 2012 at 10:59 AM, Michael Jinks <mji...@uchicago.edu> wrote:
> Several years ago, we put thin clients (Sun Ray) in all our public
> computing spaces and computer-equipped classrooms.  They work great for
> most things, and they do indeed save lots of expense and hassle.
> We're now in the process of going back to PC's, though.  There are
> several reasons, but the one that might apply to other sites is remote
> display of graphically-intensive applications.  3D rendering is the
> obvious one, but there are also a few legacy (DOS-era) scientific
> graphing packages that don't play well with a network-connected display,
> and the accumulated latency during real-time graphing appears to the
> user as a drastic slowdown in performance.
> So, test all your apps thoroughly before you commit.
> On Tue, Apr 10, 2012 at 09:41:11AM -0400, Dmitri Chebotarov wrote:
>>    Hi All,
>>    Is anyone here is using a thin client with VCL? I.e. Dell FX100 or
>>    similar? (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thin_client).
>>    This could work well with VCL, since most of thin boxes support RDP.
>>    Interesting to see how a thin client compares to a regular PC in
>>    classroom environment.
>>    Seems like this would be a better option - less expensive, less admin
>>    overhead, more secure, and with all the benefits of VCL...
>>    Thanks.
>>    --
>>    Dmitri Chebotarov
>>    Virtual Computing Lab Systems Engineer, TSD - Ent Servers & Messaging
>>    223 Aquia Building, Ffx, MSN: 1B5
>>    Phone: (703) 993-6175
>>    Fax: (703) 993-3404
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