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VMware View 5 Desktop Virtualization Solutions by Andre Leibovici, Jason Langone

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Thin clients

Thin clients refer to purpose-built devices that run a streamlined OS (for example, Microsoft Windows XP Embedded (XPe), SUSE Linux) meant to deliver a minimal desktop environment to the end user. From this minimal desktop environment, the end user launches the VMware View Client and is then connected to his/her virtual desktop. Thin clients often have a write-protected or write-filtered system partition.

A few examples of thin clients are as follows:

  • ClearCube I8520
  • Wyse R50
  • Dell Latitude Mobile 13

The common advantages of thin clients are as follows:

  • They provide a consistent desktop environment
  • They allow third-party software (such as a VPN client) to be installed
  • They have a smaller footprint than thick clients
  • Typically, they consume ...

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