PacktLib: Linux Thin Client Networks Design and Deployment

Linux Thin Client Networks Design and Deployment

Credits

About the Author

About the Reviewers

Preface

Overview of Thin Clients

Theory of Design

Common Misconceptions

Features Gained in the Thin Design

Summary

The Types of Thin Clients

Proprietary Operating Systems

Windows Embedded Devices

Linux Devices

Wireless Devices

Handheld Devices

Summary

An Analysis of Costs

Anticipated Costs

Reuse of Current Personal Computers

Possible Reductions in Server Counts

Thin Client versus Client/Server Anticipated Costs

Project Staffing Size and Changes

Other Cost Savings to Consider

Summary

The People Issues

Executive and Management Issues

User Community Issues

Summary

Considering the Network

Primary Network

Remote Sites

Thin Client Network Connections

Testing the Network

Summary

Implementing the Server

Planning and Designing the Server

Building the Server

Enabling XDMCP

Providing the Desktop

NFS Mounts and Shared Directories

Integrating Bandwidth Management for Remote Users

Summary

Implementing the User Software

Running Software from a Remote Server

Planning which User Software to Deploy

Browser

Electronic Mail

Office Suite

Instant Messaging

File Processing

Picture Processing

Audio and Video Processing

Databases

Software Development

Connection to Legacy UNIX Servers

Connection to Legacy IBM Mainframes

Connection to Microsoft Windows Applications

Summary

Implementing the Thin Clients

Choosing the Right Thin Client

Turn-Key versus Customized Solutions

Starting the Appropriate Connection Method

Creating a Chooser for Multiple Connection Methods

Personal Computer Hardware Devices

Enabling Remote Sound

Allowing the Server to Gain Access to USB Devices

Summary

Support

Supporting the Users

Support within Your IT Staff

Vendor and Open-Source Support

Summary

Resources

Installing OpenSUSE 10.2

Index