[Thinlinc-technical] [External] Re: Raspberry PI 4 Client?

Samuel Mannehed samuel at cendio.se
Wed Sep 11 14:23:48 CEST 2019

Hi Ken,

> We are a university academic department phasing out Sunray appliances 
> which Oracle/Sun hasn't supported for quite a while now. What was 
> compelling about the Sunray was using it as an appliance. What ran in 
> the Sunray was invisible and maintenance free, other than new
> firmware downloads from the Sunray server.
> Presumably the commercial thin clients you support are like that, but 
> they are more expensive than seems justified in the age of Raspberry
> Pi. It would be nice to have a barebones thinlinc download for the
> Pi, with no more or less than what is needed to be a dataless
> thinlinc only client.

I understand your need.

Some veterans on this list might remember that we did actually have an
OS like that a couple of years back, it was called TLCOS ("ThinLinc
Client Operating System"). However, there was never much demand for it,
and it did require a lot of development resources. We decided to stick
to what we're good at and discontinued TLCOS back in 2013.

Keep in mind that what you're mainly paying for with these commercial
thin clients is not the hardware but the convenience of the management

If you're after something to manage yourself on Raspberry PI I'd look
at for example Raspi-TC, it comes with the ThinLinc client by default I
believe. Another good solution is ThinStation, but it doesn't work on
arm processors yet.

Best regards,
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