[vox] Article: "Thin Linux clients deliver Internet to library patrons"
Mon Jun 7 00:10:05 PDT 2004
Thin Linux clients deliver Internet to library patrons
The library is using Linux thin clients in a setup delivered by
systems integrator Open-PC of Chelsea, Mass. The benefit of this
arrangement is twofold: Not only did it allow the library to deliver
much-needed Internet access to its patrons inexpensively; it also made
librarians' lives easier.
At the same time, the new system keeps library patrons from waiting
in long lines to use a computer. Prior to the implementation, the
library had only seven computers for public use. McNair said that
there just weren't enough computers to keep up with the demand for
McNair said the library had considered a Windows turnkey reservation
system on Dell computers that, according to Open-PC's estimates, would
have cost them roughly $1,200 a seat, not counting anticipated Windows
licensing and upgrade fees. "We had a big budget cutback and that went
out the window," McNair said. The cost of comparable thin clients is
about $450 per seat, not including monitors.
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