Thin-client? Web-client? Which solution works

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May 5, 2009 at 13:22:28
Specs: You tell me!
So, I have to research and install a training
environment to demonstrate and educate
clients on our software. We need about 15-20
terminals that function, essentially, like web
browser kiosks. Our software is web based so
all that is needed to use it is a fairly capable
web browser. The webapp is based on web 2.0
concepts so a capable browser is a priority
(java, AJAX). Now i know i could run a
Windows terminal server with thin clients
attached, but is there a cheaper, easier, or
beter solution? Is there such a thing as a
client that has a browser as an OS? I guess
what i am probably looking for is a lightweight,
scalable (cheap!) Operating environment. Any comments, questions, or suggestions are greatly

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May 5, 2009 at 13:31:05
what presently available web browsers are supported by this software?

you planning a classroom or are these remote sessions?

Seems to me you would have a web server up on the internet supporting this application. Users would use any of the latests browsers of their choice to go to your web portal. They would logon to the portal and then enter the software.

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May 5, 2009 at 13:53:31
This would be a classroom. Currently the Webapp works
flawlessly with most commercially available browsers, thats
IE, Firefox, and Chrome.
Our live, production Webapp is hosted on a webserver on
the internet for our customers to use from their computer's
browser at work. Essentially users in the training session
would direct the browser to our training platform (same
Webapp but different from the live host). And begin training
on the software.
The solution i am looking for would enable us to cheaply,
and effectively deploy an environment where our customers sit
at a terminal in a classroom open a web browser and then
follow the instructor. Again, any comments, questions, or
suggestions are greatly appreciated!
Wanderer thanks for your prompt response!

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May 5, 2009 at 14:01:13
local to the classroom web server hosting app
pcs wired to switch
server wired to switch

or route the classroom out to the web and back to your web app server.

Which ever is cheaper for you to do.

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May 5, 2009 at 14:26:23
I have given that some consideration, but i feel that pcs
(running windows) require expensive licensing fees, are
maintenance intensive <-especially if not centrally managed),
and would require the purchase of 20 Pc's or so that would
seldomly be utilized.
On the other hand, a thin client environment <-essentially
a terminal that does NOT do the processing locally but on the
terminal server) would be cheaper per terminal than a pc, any
maintinence or changes performed on the server would immediately carry over to the users, and one machine would
be doing all the processing<--- energy efficiency) for each
user rather than 20 PCs doing lightweight processing. Do you
or anyone know of any environments like this?

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May 5, 2009 at 14:51:09
I do thin clients and TS/Citrix.

You can buy 20 used pcs with licenses for the cost of the server hardware not counting the TS licenses.

thin clients run $500-600 per

Price it out and you will see. Good luck!

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May 5, 2009 at 15:38:15
I'd boot to cheap no hard drive pxe with knoppix terminal server.

You can get no OS computers for about the same as a thin client. You can get used computers that would work for almost nothing.

Might look at 2X's products

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