Thinstation is a free and open source Linux implementation of a thin client operating system. It only requires standard 32-bit x86 PC hardware and can boot directly from the network via PXE or Etherboot from a TFTP server, or from local devices such as Hard disks, CompactFlash drives, USB keyrings and CD/DVDs. The minimum requirement is an i686 class CPU and RAM dependent on the intended use, typically 64–256 MB.

Technical specifications

Thinstation is a standalone system, that does not require any modification of the server as long as the server accepts remote client connections. This is true for:
Even a light standalone desktop is available with Mozilla Firefox and some other basic application like editors and file managers. A web kiosk is a standard solution too.
A Thinstation boot image can be created in two ways.
Thinstation resembles Linux Terminal Server Project but:
Thinstation started as a fork of Netstation in May 2003, hosted on SourceForge. It was originated by Miles Roper from New Zealand and joined by Paolo Salvan and Mike Eriksen. Shortly after Trevor Batley joined the core staff, contributing TS-O-Matic and was the project leader of ver. 2.3, that didn't materialize. Marcos Amorim is heading a future version based on OpenEmbedded. The present version 5 is developed mainly by Donald A. Cupp Jr. and is based on Crux Linux ver. 2.7. Tobias Paepke joined the development of ver. 5.

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