[Beowulf] Sidebar: Vista Rant

Tim Cutts tjrc at sanger.ac.uk
Tue Jul 17 07:16:54 PDT 2007

On 17 Jul 2007, at 2:33 pm, Robert G. Brown wrote:

> It's also been amusing to use "rdesktop" under linux to connect to it.
> Given the cost of TSCALs (less than a full copy of WinXP Pro) and the
> high administrative costs of Win-anything -- I have a sucker rod I  
> plan
> to use to school the next person who DARES to allege that Windows
> networks EVER have a lower administrative TCO to compensate in any way
> for their substantial price tag -- there is something almost endearing
> about buying a single multicore server, loading vmware on it,  
> installing
> W2003 server with umpty TS CALs in a VM (to facilitate remote control
> and image-level backup), and then putting linux with rdesktop on  
> all of
> the desktops.  You want to run Windows?  Connect up here...

That's pretty much what we do here at Sanger.  300 Linux desktops,  
with CITRIX Windows servers that people can connect to when they have  
to run Windows applications.


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