OpenThinClient is an Open Source Thin Client Solution consisting of a Linux based operating system along with a comprehensive Java based management GUI and server component. It is intended for environments where a medium to large number of Thin Clients must be supported and managed efficiently. Offering flexibility unheard of in the world of proprietary Thin Client solutions, OpenThinClient empowers developers and integrators to create advanced Thin Client solutions... for free. OpenThinClient is released as an open source software under the GNU General Public License (GPL) v2, and it is available for download free of charge. The OpenThinClient Thin Client operating system is based on a customized Ubuntu Linux distribution optimized for use in diskless devices. Booting and configuration of the Thin Clients is implemented using industry-standard technologies like LDAP, DHCP, PXE, TFTP and NFS. OpenThinClient provides a powerful, Java-based graphical user interface to manage all aspects of the Thin Clients under its control. Furthermore, it supports integration with Enterprise-wide management environments like LDAP or MS ADS. OpenThinClient differs from other solutions in the following aspects:based on industry-standard protocols and technologies; integrates smoothly with existing systems management solutions like LDAP and MS ADS; features a powerful management GUI - supports a large range of Thin Client hardware; no specialized hardware is required. Boots devices into Thin Client mode without flash drives etc. thanks to its PXE boot support; several Thin Client applications come pre-packaged, like a Web browser, ICA client, RDP client etc. OpenThinClient was created by the levigo group based on their Thin Client expertise reaching back till 1999.
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