This is the second of two articles which shows the key points to consider when looking at the operating system of thin client endpoint devices. The previous article covered some key reasons to use Microsoft Windows Embedded. This article focuses on ThinOX as the operating system running on the x86 architecture, explaining the benefits of using it as the endpoint operating system.
ThinOX is the Linux-based operating system developed by Praim. It has been specifically designed to deliver an excellent Thin Client solution for users and administrators. Optimized for specific platforms: it offers secure, reliable and centrally managed Thin Clients and Zero Clients to access most of the available infrastructures from within a small footprint. ThinOX is certified with most popular infrastructure vendors, including Citrix XenApp, XenDesktop, Microsoft RDS, and VMware.
Why to choose ThinOX for your endpoints
By not having a commercial dominance, ThinOX does not attract the Malware attacks that blight Windows, Apple and Google. This results in a fundamentally safe operating system which can then be further hardened by applying many layers of additional security including certificates, white lists etc. The write filter is inherent in the very concept of the operating system. In fact all the variations to the file system can be made only by the configuration GUI available to the administrator. The latter can inhibit the user access to the configuration system, effectively protecting the device.
ThinOX does not require Gigabytes of storage to run on. With careful design, most Linux based firmware devices can use the smallest capacity of storage devices that are available today, with space to spare. This translates to better performance from slower (cheaper/older) hardware and rapid deployment/maintenance.
3.It is not Windows
Not having a Windows GUI is not an obstacle. The reality is that the endpoint should provide the mechanism to get to the virtual desktop with little to no user intervention. Furthermore, not having a Windows based device halves the number of Windows devices to manage in a VDI environment (endpoint and virtual desktop).
Most software vendors provide a Linux client, and where they are not available the global community of developers provide a solution. As a result, hardware and software support on Linux is comparable with the Windows world.
Praim management presents a simple method to manage the device firmware in its completeness. Praim ThinMan Management platform fully manages the Praim ThinOX firmware providing a centralised method to deploy configuration and software to the thin client devices. For other vendors devices and for existing PCs, Praim provide a repurposing utility called ThinOX4PC which will extend the ThinMan concepts to all x86 based devices. It also adds automated features, profiles management and remote assistance.