Imagine if you could easily share one computer with a whole class, your whole family, the whole office.
Everybody is using that one computer at the same time, yet each person has their own display, keyboard, and mouse. They can’t see what each other is doing. They can’t affect each other. It’s like each person has her own machine, even though they’re actually sharing one.
They’re only paying for one machine. Powering one. Maintaining one. Only having to upgrade one.
With your help, we can make this possible. We can get the cost for each additional user down to a $50 thin client, to which each additional display, keyboard, and mouse is connected.
Just plug in several of these to the USB ports of a computer running special software (Fedora 17 Linux is the focus of this KickStarter project), and turn your one PC into a plug-and-play multiseat platform. Every person sharing the computer has access to lots of free software, including familiar Firefox or Chrome browsers -- unless you're a power user, you don't need to care that Linux is underneath.
This is all 100% open source software, so there are no license costs whatsoever. $50 per user is it.
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Så här skriver Techworld om Fedora 17 och den nya tunna klienten:
Det som är nytt i Fedora 17 är det automatiska stödet för de här terminalerna. Ingen konfiguration krävs. Du pluggar in terminalen, ett nytt inloggningsfönster dyker upp på terminalen där du kan logga in och arbeta. När terminalen kopplas ur stängs alla sessioner kopplade till terminalen ned och allt minne frigörs.