I like ESD... At least i did under OSS. Nowadays ALSA does the
so... But (having resently heard from another admin, an i agree)
multimedia (and removable storage) is really the only reason to avoid
thin clients - exept that, it rocks! (if i just could have quake 3 and
removable storage on a (purpose-built) thin client, my main box would
happen to be in the basement in less that 10 minutes - no noise, bootup
time=time for an LCD to start (less than one secound), little desktop
real estate used... ahh. Mac's new shiny litle toy: mwah hah hah luser!)
I manage some thin clients that have both local drive and local audio I
think I am qualified to respond to this one.
You can get audio on a thin client. GNOME appears to pick up on the fact that
you're on a remote system and redirect audio automagicly.
LTSP supports local drives as well. it's a little more complicated to setup.
but not horribly so. and it's getting better
GLX is supported, but you're not going to be getting the proprietary NVIDIA or
ATi drivers installed without some trouble, but if you want quiet, you're
gonna be going for older stuff anyway. here's a link to my website on all
things ltsp. give it a look before you go writing stuff off as impossible.
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