__/ [ Larry Qualig ] on Sunday 05 March 2006 16:46 \__
> Roy Schestowitz wrote:
>> To be fair, I have come across similar setups with Windows.
> It was actually a pretty interesting article. Rather pointless in a
> home environment unless everyone wants to sit around the same table to
> use a computer. But in a classroom or lab it would make perfect sense.
> But then I read this sentence: "Did you catch the phrase "between
> resets" above? While the system worked very well, it was extremely
> unstable." So when things go bad suddenly they are 6x as bad.
> Personally if I were doing something like that I'd get diskless
> workstations and do a network boot via PXE.
The setup was possibly relying on a poor distribution (without revisiting, I
believe it /was/) or managed by incompetent systems administrators. Either
way, I doubt any of the users of such terminals (notice the subtle use of
the /term/) does CPU-intensive stuff, which requires saving to disk. The
environment is often intended as a host for Web browsing with cache on some
separate repository and user accounts accessed through LDAP.
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