[K12OSN] RE: 486 thin client

Sean Harbour SHarbour at nwresd.k12.or.us
Wed Feb 9 21:26:54 UTC 2005

486's as thin clients are problematical. They work, but usually are short on memory, and the video is slow. Also, the network interfaces are usually 10 Mb, which hurts a lot. The rule of thumb for a good thin client seems to be 64MB RAM, 100Mb network, and PCI video card. Some high end 486 machines met this criteria (barely) during the transition to pentiums around 10 years ago, but they were rare. If you try to use them, you will be spending a fair amount of time getting a suitably compiled kernel and getting the video drivers to work correctly.

Sean Harbour
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