About Thin Clients

What is a thin client?
What software does the GameDude Thin Client system run?
What are the advantages of a Thin Client system?
Who can use a Thin Client system?
Can I upgrade my existing network to Thin Client solutions to further reduce costs?
Can I see a demonstration, and/or check my location for suitability?
Who supports the GameDude Thin Client system?

What is a thin client?

Most modern networks employ "fat clients". These are normal computers, loaded with software that connect to a server. In this case, each computer needs a hard disk, with operating system and applications loaded to connect to any network services. These can be costly, and difficult to maintain for large networks.

With standards in computing power and network speed increasing, software per-machine is no longer mandatory. Computers can connect remotely to a server and load an operating system and software directly from the network. These connecting machines are called "thin clients".

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What software does the GameDude Thin Client system run?

We deploy the Linux operating system and utilities on all systems. The advantages of Linux over other systems are a freedom from license restrictions (you can connect as many clients as you please, without paying extra for software, unlike the alternatives available) and a regular and secure upgrade path which will not force the user to upgrade their hardware for a simple software upgrade. There are over 10,000 free software packages available to Linux users which enable a great reduction in cost of day to day tasks such as word processing, spread sheeting, project planning, graphics and picture editing, educational assistance, CAD and engineering tasks, and many more. See our available software page for more information on just a small selection of software available at no extra cost.

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What are the advantages of a Thin Client system?

The primary advantage is a massive reduction in cost. Client systems run 100% by network, and therefor do not require high specification machines. All software is run on the server, so old workstations that are too slow for new software are perfect candidates for conversion to thin clients. Additionally, all software supplied with the thin client system is completely free of cost. Adding 20 new machines to a network means only paying for hardware, not wasting money on additional software. Likewise, upgrading software is free of charge, so clients can stay up to date with modern software at all times.

The secondary advantage is ease of administration. All thin clients run directly from the server. If software is upgraded on the server, all thin clients receive the updates immediately. Additionally, there are no hard disks in the client machines, which mean fewer hardware breakdowns. If there is a hardware failure on the client, there is no need to reload any operating system or software. Just simply plug in a replacement unit and turn it on.

Thin client computing means a single point of administration for all applications, utilities and users, saving administration time and money.

Click here to see our cost analysis page for more information on how much money you can save.

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Who can use a Thin Client system?

Any organisation that has already or is considering deploying a networked computing environment can benefit from Thin Client systems. In particular, this represents a massive decease in cost of deployment for educational institutions, volunteer organisations and corporate offices. The large range of software available makes a Thin Client system an available option for almost any group.

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Can I upgrade my existing network to Thin Client solutions to further reduce costs?

Yes. Custom built solutions are available. Call a GameDude representative today to organise a free, onsite consultation. We will come to your location and recommend the best course of action to migrate your network with minimal disruption to existing infrastructure, users or budget. (Available only to Brisbane City and Logan City customers - other customers please call to arrange a telephone consultation).

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Can I see a demonstration, and/or check my location for suitability?

Yes! As above, contact us to arrange an onsite demonstration. We can present to both technical and administration/financial departments to best explain how a Thin Client solution can best suit your needs for end users, system administrators and your budget.

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Who supports the GameDude Thin Client system?

We do! GameDude computers offers optional onsite and remote support contracts on all hardware and software supplied, as well as complete onsite training for users and system administrators alike. Whether you need a third party to administrate your system remotely or onsite training for your own internal system administrators, we've got you covered.

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