COMPANY- HISTORY
AND FACTS

openthinclient is a ThinClient OS with centralized management. With network boot and web-based UI, x86-compatible devices can be quickly and easily provisioned as VDI endpoints.

openthinclient is completely open source and can be tested and used free of charge with a limited number of clients without restrictions. The management server is Java-based and runs under Windows or Linux.

openthinclient GmbH offers B2B customers maintenance contracts with guaranteed response times and supports them during installation and configuration. Furthermore, services for customer-specific adaptations and extensions are offered.

In addition to software and services, openthinclient GmbH offers powerful ThinClient hardware for various fields of application.

1999

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The entry into the ThinClient business

Levigo (at that time still cogito informationssysteme gmbh) is intensively involved in server-based computing and becomes active in the market for Linux-based ThinClients. Levigo sells the IBM devices and takes over their setup at the customers.

2002

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Start of development of own ThinClient software

IBM unexpectedly withdraws from the thin client market. Instead of the promised investment protection, customers are left with a gap. Levigo takes advantage of this market gap and develops its own platform-independent ThinClient Manager. With Linux, Levigo opts for a non-proprietary operating system for the ThinClients.

2004

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Manager with web start interface

A completely revised ThinClient Manager interface is launched.

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2008

Business Model Support

As a commercial variant, Levigo Systems offers a tested version of the ThinClient Software Suite including support. ThinClient hardware models optimized for use are available in various versions.

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Presentation of the solution to a wide public

Since SYSTEMS 2007, the openthinclient software suite has been available as OpenSource at openthinclient.org. The software is published under the GNU General Public License GPL v2. Initially the software was completely OpenSource and was royalty free and can be used without runtime restrictions. Over time, professional applications were added, which could be purchased in the form of a license. Since 2019, all functions have been unlocked and can be used free of charge up to an installation size of 49 ThinClients. From 50 ThinClients, a monthly license fee for use and support with service level agreement must be paid.

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2007

We become OpenSource

Levigo Systems makes the now powerful ThinClient software suite consisting of ThinClient OS, ThinClient Manager and ThinClient Server available open source at openthinclient.org.

2009

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Foundation of openthinclient gmbh

On April 1, openthinclient gmbh, in which the Levigo group of companies holds a stake, is founded. The new openthinclient® brand consists of powerful openthinclient hardware, the Linux-based openthinclient OS, the openthinclient server and openthinclient manager, and openthinclient support. The company is located in the center of Stuttgart.

2010

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Stand at the IT fair CeBIT

openthinclient gmbh is exhibitor at the IT fair CeBIT in Hannover. Many interested visitors from all over the world come to the booth, so openthinclient decides to expand the business to international markets.

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Besides the software now also hardware

In addition to the software, openthinclient gmbh offers powerful ThinClient hardware for various applications: small, silent and energy-saving as an office workstation, with various expansion interfaces. Since 2017, also in industrial-grade housing for production environments and as an all-in-one device with touch function integrated in the screen.

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2012

Exhibitor at the Linux Days

openthinclient gmbh moves its headquarters to Heilbronner Straße in Stuttgart. Furthermore, an office is opened in Dresden. openthinclient gmbh is exhibitor at the Linux-Tag in Chemnitz. Numerous contacts, especially to software developers, give openthinclient new impulses for current and future requirements. One gets to know many interested people from the new federal states.

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openthinclient software consists of 3 modules

The openthinclient software consists of 3 building blocks: The openthinclient-OS, a Linux operating system for ThinClients that was initially based on Ubuntu and has been based on Debian since the end of 2013. The OS supports a boot process over the network (PXE) as well as a local installation on flash or USB stick. Another component is the openthinclient server, a platform-independent boot and administration server that provides all services and functions. Third component is the openthinclient manager, a graphical user interface for central administration of the ThinClients, the applications, settings and groupings. In previous years, the openthinclient manager was launched as a webstart application. Since 2019, the management is possible via a browser (Html5).

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2011

We win Innovation Award IT

Managing Director Alexander Stecher speaks on the stage of the OpenSource Park at CeBIT in Hanover.openthinclient receives the Innovation Award IT in the category OpenSource from the Initiative Mittelstand. https://www.imittelstand.de/innovationspreis/2011/kategoriesieger/open-source.html

2013

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Update to Debian

The openthinclient gmbh develops and releases a completely new ThinClient operating system based on the current Debian Wheezy.

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Service

openthinclient supports customers during installation and configuration. Furthermore, services are offered in the form of customer-specific adaptations and extensions.

2018/2019

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Medical IT Fair

openthinclient would like to present new developments to an expert audience. At conhIT or DMEA we will show the hospital workstation with digital dictation device and signature pads.

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new version 2021

There are new essential functions or changes e.g.

  • UEFI HTTP boot support
  • Show online status in
    Manager
  • Linux-Kernel 5.10

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new version 2020

There are new essential functions or changes e.g.

  • UEFI HTTP boot support
  • only 64 bit architecture
  • Teams and zoom plugins or apps

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new version 2019

The license model will be changed, which means that a user license is required for 50 ThinClients or more. Außerdem entfällt der bisherige Webstart-Manager. Zudem erfolgen sämtliche Konfigurationen über den Manager im Browser. Von nun an sind auch alle Applikationen freigeschaltet. The ThinClient OS is updated to Debian 9.

2021

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OS-on-a-Stick

Due to the Corona crisis, we had to react and thus expanded the portfolio. However, the new OS-on-a-Stick can do even more besides fast and simple use in the home office. In addition to the server boot variant with central management, we now have a solution that starts a ThinClient operating system at individual workstations. This allows you to take your office with you on a USB stick to the home office, or on vacation to Honolulu....

2022

"Linux on a leash" at the Chemnitz Linux Days

openthinclient gmbh is repeatedly exhibitor at the Linux Days in Chemnitz. This time we are also represented with a presentation which was well attended. The topic was How to start a system via network - without any data medium? Using the startup process of the openthinclient OS we explain how this works. We shed light on the different PXE bootloaders, the loading process of the kernel and the ramdisk. The essence of a busybox had to be fathomed and a self-written init-script had to be understood.