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Diskless workstation advantages
The main advantage of diskless workstations is that it allows centralized administration of large workstation installations. By disallowing user installation of software, system administrators can be sure that all of the machines under their charge are configured in the same way and lessens the likelihood of malware entering the machines.
For that reason, booting from USB Flash Drives or running applications from such devices would definitely be discouraged.
This article is misinformed that malware can not permanently damage a computer network populated with diskless workstations. Since the diskless workstation has to access a network disk for the operating system, malware that is introduced locally can infect that network disk. Dyl 17:08, 11 February 2006 (UTC)
propsed merge with Diskless nodes ?
Yes, go ahead and merge them, maybe with a different title, or using the "Node" title. Both are short articles and people interested in one will be interested in both
- Done, though I suggest taking it once more into Thin client. Comments? Brownsteve 22:34, 25 October 2006 (UTC)
- I don't think thin client should merge with this article. I believe people should distinguish between the different models - local processing and remote processing (thin client). One article containing both methods could be confusing. Whadar 09:40, 23 November 2006 (UTC)
"The fact that nothing is stored locally can also be a major disadvantage. All work in progress has to be saved to some external store, such as a network share or USB flash drive, etc. This can cause problems later, when a user returns and cannot find his or her work."
This is the most retarded shit i've ever read, the user will have a home directory which will automatically be available after logging in therefore they won't have the problem of trying to find their work.
- I agree that it's nonsense. I just deleted the entire section.—greenrd 18:46, 15 April 2007 (UTC)
Merge with hybrid client?
The only difference is that hybrid clients rely on the network for storage and diskless workstations can rely on any type of media for storage (i.e USB).
The Diskless-HOWTO article appears to be more focused on thin client setups than on the definition diskless is given in this article. It also appears to be more of a collection of notes and links than a howto and has been removed from the Linux Documentation Project since 2003. I think the NFS-Root and NFS-Root-Client-mini-HOWTO are better external links. The other diskless howtos are OK.
--Jlanawalt 13:53, 7 August 2007 (UTC)
Small Linux devices are Diskless nodes?
I am struggling how to correctly categorise devices like Linutop, Zonbu, etc. These do have internal storage, but it is based on flash. So actually no regulary "old-fashioned" harddrive. What do you mean about these?--Kozuch (talk) 21:50, 18 February 2008 (UTC)