[vox] Article: "Thin Linux clients deliver Internet to library patrons"

Bill Kendrick vox@lists.lugod.org
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
  Internet access.

  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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