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I'm doing some research into thin clients. I've configured an RDP server on a home PC with Linux. I have an older desktop computer that I want to use as a thin client.

Although I could just install an RDP client on its current OS (Windows XP), I'm looking for a minimalistic OS that presents the user with an RDP login prompt. This should greatly decrease the computer's startup time. Is there such an OS out there?

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would you consider something like OpenBSD, it'll take a bit to configure, but I'd say it's extremely light weight. (both size and speed wise) – Earlz Jan 22 '11 at 20:29
What RDP server software did you use? – Kev Jan 22 '11 at 20:31
@Kev: xrdp at – Pieter Jan 22 '11 at 21:08
@Earlz: so you don't think that there are any out-of-the-box solutions? I just need a login screen for RDP where I can enter the host's IP address, the username and the password. – Pieter Jan 22 '11 at 21:09
No, I don't believe there is an out of the box solution. I believe it'll require at least some configuration no matter what. – Earlz Jan 22 '11 at 21:14
up vote 2 down vote accepted

You may be interested in Thinstation, which I believe should fit your needs admirably.

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There seems to be a lot of configuring involved... I'd rather have an ISO that's ready to be written to a CD or USB pendrive, but if this is the only decent option I'll take it. – Pieter Jan 25 '11 at 16:52
@Peiter, yes there is some configuring to do but you only do that once. You then create an image that can be used on as many machines as you want. – John Gardeniers Jan 25 '11 at 20:33

Yes, one of them can be found on thin client PCs: Windows CE.

I'm sure there's *nix distros out there that can do a more exciting job :-)

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