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As part of my switch from Mandriva Linux to Ubuntu Linux, I had the opportunity today to contribute some improvements back to both operating systems.
Having just used Mandriva on this laptop, I knew it was possible for the sound to keep working after a suspend/resume cycle, but it quit working after the Ubuntu switch.
Since Mandriva's solution was made available under an open source license, I was able to review it adapt to work with Ubuntu, and Ubuntu can easily and legally accept this solution, if they choose.
The Ritchie family had a classic computer problem to solve. They had a used digital camera which didn't "just work" with either Linux or Windows in their home. The photos from the camera showed up on both, but didn't download properly on either.
They needed help from a geek.
After an afternoon of conversation and pie, the camera was working flawlessly with Linux, and no better on Windows. Here's why.
Over the weekend I continued my exploration of Linux thin clients.
Now that I had a proof-on-concept system working, I spent my computer time using the thin client, to see if there was anything to observe from "real life" use.
The performance was perfect. I could not perceive any lag time compared to sitting directly at my server computer.
The memory usage was also impressively low. I ran a second KDE desktop on the server, and the system reported "42% memory free", and I have only 256 Megs of memory!
Sharing the 700 Mhz CPU also seemed to be no problem. I could launch an application on the server, switch to the client and continue to work without a slow down.
With a server with "real" specs, I could see how a single machine could comfortably run a whole lab of computers.
Finally, I decided to compare the boot times of the server and the thin client.
The server took 3 minutes to boot to the graphical login screen, while the thin client took only one minute. Another win for thin client users!
I also appreciated the absolute silence of my thin client. There was no hard drive to whir in the pizza-box sized machine, and no fan to run because of the lower power and processor requirements. A totally quiet computer was easy to adjust to!