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Userful Multiplier vs Thin Clients
Userful Multiplier for Linux is often mistaken for a thin-client solution. In fact, it is a "zero client" or a "thick client" solution. Each user station has dedicated video access to the host PC. This means that in an educational setting, users can enjoy rich media (e.g., streaming media, Flash), that may appear choppy on thin client hardware. Moreover, Userful Multiplier delivers a much more responsive user interface, compared to thin clients and Blades. Learn more about the disadvantages of thin-client solutions
Below is a chart that compares Userful Multiplier to single-user PCs, thin clients and Blades. Userful Multiplier provides significant TCO savings, a very responsive user interface and significant infrastructure savings. If there are applications in your organization that must run with a thin client, however, Userful Multiplier is by far the most cost-efficient strategy to deploy these thin clients. SUSE Linux Enterprise Desktop combes bundled with a Citrix ICA client and Windows Terminal Server client
Figure 1: Comparison Chart
* Note: Thin clients have a longer lifespan than Userful Multiplier systems and standard PCs. They can typically outlive several server upgrades.
** Note: Deployment costs for thin clients are "high", owing to the fact that in addition to purchasing thin clients (which typically cost as much or more than a full-fledged PC), there are also substantial server and software licensing requirements to support these clients.
The upfront cost of a thin client deployment can be brought to "low" by retrofitting obsolete recycled PCs as clients and using Open Source software on the server instead of Terminal Services products from Citrix or Microsoft.