[K12OSN] Thin client specs or network speed - which is more important?

Les Mikesell lesmikesell at gmail.com
Tue Oct 13 17:37:45 UTC 2009

Terrell Prudé Jr. wrote:
>> Upgrade the clients. 100Mbps is fine for clients but have a gigabit
>> uplink to server.
> That depends on what is meant by "upgrade the clients."  If you mean 
> "add some DRAM to the existing clients," then I'd agree, 'cause there's 
> nothing wrong with those clients.  A few years back, 32MB in the clients 
> was enough, but now I typically put 256MB in mine 'cause of the way 
> Firefox does image caching in X11.  I still have a Pentium-166 MMX and 
> some AMD K6-2's from 10-12 years ago, and they work great.  They have 
> 100Mbps cards, and they have decent video boards (Matrox Millenium G400, 
> ATI Radeon 7500, etc.).
> +1 on the "upgrade the *server* to Gigabit" suggestion.

You probably wouldn't like those clients if they had non-accelerated 
video cards and that slow CPU had to do all the work, though.  And it 
probably costs as much to add old-style RAM these days as to get a much 
newer used PC.

   Les Mikesell
    lesmikesell at gmail.com

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