[lowcostcomputing] [Cross Posted] LTSP Success Story - possible case study

  • From: "Sankarshan Mukhopadhyay" <sankarshan@xxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: "FLOSSToday" <flosstoday@xxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Thu, 29 Jan 2004 07:19:24 +0530

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   Thin Client System helps local SMI - Our OSS success story.
   Posted by: duan on Monday, December 22, 2003 - 02:44 PM
   Centre News Malaysia's SMIs (Small and Medium Industries) have
   slowed in adopting information technology (IT) due to the high
cost of
   implementing and limited budget. We deployed a Linux thin client
   system in one SMI to demonstrate the low cost and power of this
   According to the SMI Association of Malaysia, there are only 30%
   local SMIs currently have a web presence, versus 80% in Europe and
   North America. In Malaysia, SMIs do not have enough capability to
   invest in IT infrastructure. We believe that thin client may be


   Raya Plastik Industri Sdn Bhd ('RPI'), established on 25th of May
   1982, is a Malaysian owned company involved in plastic injection
   molding. It produces wide range of products such as bottles,
   casing, automobiles spare parts, etc. Like any other medium-sized
   manufacturing company, RPI has various departments which
   need to communicate with each other daily. They usually exchange
   information, etc. through memos and human interactions such as
   meetings, discussions, etc. These mediums of communication usually
   have their drawbacks such as lost information, corrupted data and
   human factors such as ignorance, errors, etc. These problems
   affect their planning and production schedules.
   With limited IT infrastructure and budget, RPI manages to set-up
   own PC system processes to handle data and information sharing
   these departments. The PC were equipped with the Microsoft Office
   productivity suite, and CAD tools software. However, these PCs are
   networked to each other. Therefore, human interactions are still
   needed such as copying files and transferring files using floppies
   from PC to PC, etc. Moreover, RPI is facing with other drawbacks
   well such as virus infection, data loses due to system crashes,
   Other than that, RPI also have to deal with licensing fees for
   Operating System and Microsoft Office Suite. Because of those
   and budget constraint, RPI could not expand their IT

Solution - Thin Client and Linux Operating System

   Looking at RPI situation, centralized management would save RPI
   headache of managing PCs. The thin client solution would be a
   solution for RPI. In a thin client network, centralized management
   would include software deployment, system and user administration,
   software upgrading, data backing up and so forth. All these would
   done at the server side and would certainly contribute to the ease
   management and cost saving. Furthermore, the client will has a
   life span compared to traditional PC since the client hardware
   not need to be upgraded at all.
   Furthermore, RPI will realize significantly lower total cost of
   ownership (TCO) over a period of time. This is achieved by means
   lower operating cost mainly due to the centralized management
   of the system. Even more cost saving is achieved by the fact that
   Linux, a technologically advanced operating system that is based
   Open Source, and comes free-of-charge together high quality
   applications without having to worry about licensing issues.
   Linux has a stable and reliable support community.
   Back in 1999, a total of 30 thin clients and a server was setup at
   premise and the whole office building was networked. Since Linux
is a
   new technology to RPI, a training was done. The training was
   on Linux system administration such as managing users' accounts,
   installing and upgrading software, etc. and on how to navigate
   Linux desktop.
   Apart from providing a thin client system, an alternative to
   Office suite StarOffice 5.2 was introduced to RPI. StarOffice 5.2
is a
   complete and feature-rich office productivity product developed by
   Microsystems. This office application software is available for
   of charge. It includes a word processor, spreadsheet and
   software. StarOffice 5.2 is easy to use and interoperable with
   Microsoft Office file formats.


   With Linux based thin client, RPI enjoys cost savings, rapid
   technology development, software piracy avoidance and knowledge
   sharing. No other proprietary product would offer similar benefits
   ever. Since 2000, RPI has been undergoing rapid upgrading cycle to
   latest office suite (OpenOffice.org 1.0 and Redhat 8.0) at
   free of charge. The company simply get the best deal with OSS.
   indeed, proven to be working and RPI is our very own showcase.
   However, the credit belongs to many people who's names are not
   mentioned in this article. The developers of Linux, X-Windows,
   Etherboot and the thousands of lines of code that glue this
   together are the people who we are gratefully indebted.
   Thank you Linux community.
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