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Old 03-28-2014, 04:42 PM   #1
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Smile Best netbootk for a business thin client


I'm looking for a netbook that I can use as a thin client for my business.
Requirements:
  1. Very light to carry, but comfortable for typing.
  2. Relatively resistant to abuse (no HHD; preferable SSD or none[=netboot]).
  3. Linux friendly (wireless card recognized and with a stable driver, same with the keyboard, video card, monitor, ACPI, etc).
  4. Relatively inexpensive, in order to buy it by the dozen (this one not a requirement).
So far I'm thinking of two possible options:
  • Efika MX
  • Asus Eee PC
If there is something else that I should consider in order to make this purchase, I will appreciate the input
 
Old 03-29-2014, 12:44 AM   #2
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A Chromebbook?
http://chromespot.com/2014/02/17/chr...tual-desktops/
 
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Would you really trust all your data to google ?. Especially a business ?.

Having had a Atom-based netbook, I'd say steer clear. In this house we have both a (very) thin 13" i3 (Toshiba) and i5 (HP), SSD based "laptop"s. I took the i5 to the USA for business and it was great to carry around compared to a typical laptop.
I got it refurbished from a local auction site (not ebay), and could have got a bunch of them for less than half the retail price - still with 6 months warrantee.
Note these are full (Win7) laptops, not thin clients that rely on a terminal server - I've never had a problem getting them to work with Linux, but I specifically bought them with Win7 to avoid safe-boot issues with Win8. Turns out they were being tossed out as Win8 was being pushed by the shops.
 
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Would you really trust all your data to google ?. Especially a business ?.
No. Why would you have to? If you can either boot to another OS, use BOOTP or just remote desktop (which I would think is the most sensible) then your data doesn't touch Google.
Buying old, potentially worn-out, hardware seems a little backward to me. A thin client is just either a BOOTP-enabled machine or a remote desktop of some kind. Any machine will do, therefore, as long as the software is available.
 
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Thank you guys for your input
 
  


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