May 14th, 2005, 21:49 PM
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Microsoft Developing XP Client for Old PCs
Thursday, Microsoft announced a slimmed down version of Windows XP for PCs with older hardware code-named "Eiger." Eiger blends together Windows XP and Windows Embedded to offer a thin client for terminal servers that provides the manageability and security enhancements of Windows XP.
With Eiger, the network is the computer. Eiger transforms desktops into terminals that run applications from servers such as Citrix's MetaFrame. Microsoft is positing Eiger as a migration path to the full-fledged version of Windows XP and as a stopping point on the way to its upcoming Longhorn operating system.
Customers can configure Eiger to run either: Microsoft terminal services, third-party terminal services, Internet Explorer, Windows Media Player, mainframe terminal emulation or management/security applications.
Eiger?! Sounds quite familiar
May 15th, 2005, 03:37 AM
Originally Posted by hotmale
That's really interesting from the standpoint that it can be customized. I don't know why they didn't make it so from the start... Hopefully they will do the same with Longhorn?
May 16th, 2005, 19:55 PM
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I agree, Boogs. Microsoft is starting to head in right direction with Windows, IE, security... and perhaps even in the gaming arena with the Xbox 360 They've also been some changes in their policies e.g. more open-mindedness to Linux and open-source (and gay people too )
Last edited by hotmale; May 16th, 2005 at 19:59 PM.
May 30th, 2005, 13:32 PM
A lite version of xp? i already have that its called Nlite
takes all of microsofts "great" products out" it also rids xp of all of those processes that it dosent need (index service, etc) Im sorry microsoft i dont want ie, messnager, wmp, or outlook express. I also dont need msn explorer.
System restore is a joke. I've had many problems with the built in buner, It is so inefficient it acually copies the files already on your harddrive again before it burns them? Do i really need bluetooth support? This isnt that new of a concept its called dont bundle an os with alot of crap or give people a choice of what programs to install.
May 30th, 2005, 15:58 PM
I do alot of work with educational and non-profit organizations and the only way that a thin client os is ever going to work from microsoft is if the license is free (both the client and server). There are too many open source projects out there that have been providing very good solutions to these environments with no licensing fees whatsoever. If anyone is interested check out the K12LTSP project here http://k12ltsp.org/contents.html. I think this is where alot of older PC usage would be utilized.
Last edited by 1badger11; May 30th, 2005 at 16:02 PM.
May 30th, 2005, 16:18 PM
it sounds like the stripped down version of the operating system is what you will will get in the future. It appears that this could be a warm-up introduction to the hosted application sharing pay per use model they are trying hard to structure and finalize. Once completed you will be able to purchase a software key with the majority of the software will be run through the internet and will actually not be installed on your computer. This model makes it perfect for business. The savings will be good for a company that only uses outlook Express and does not need Excel installed etc... This will make office cheaper as you will only be paying for the software that you use.