software - basic principle



Basic principle
The openthinclient-solution is for use with Citrix Workspace, Windows TerminalServer or VMware Horizon.

It has central administration with web-based management.

Thanks to the thinclients networkboot, no local installation is required. openthinclient is therefore not an ISO image.

openthinclient is quick and easy to install and configure.
The operation of the solution is stable and inexpensive.

Software content

When you download the software, you'll receive the following components:

  • openthinclient-server: includes all services for the operation of the solution, e.g. database, web server, PXE service
  • openthinclient-manager: central administration interface that is executed in the browser
  • openthinclient-OS: operating system for networkboot, based on Debian-Linux, contains application for serverbasedcomputing

Requirements server

The requirements for using the openthinclient-software are very low. The openthinclient-software can be downloaded pre-installed as a virtual appliance or installer.

Virtual appliance for:

  • VMware vSphere​

  • Virtual box HyperV

Installer for:

  • Windows 64 bit

  • Linux 64 bit

Basic requirements:

  • Network with DHCP

​You can find more information about the system requirements on our documentation.

Requirements thinclients

In principle, any PC or ThinClient can be used if it fulfills these requirements:

  • Intel compatible x86 CPU

  • ​64 bit hardware

  • Network card supported PXE boot

What we don't support:

  • ARM architecture

You can find more information here in our documentation.

Booting the thinclients

After switching on the thinclient, it sends a broadcast to the network. The client is then assigned an IP address by the DHCP server.
The DHCP proxy function of the openthinclient-server listens to this assignment of the IP address and detects the thinclient. The server then sends the boot file via TFTP. The loading process of the openthinclient-OS via PXE begins.

Working with SBC-applications

After loading the operating system, the server-based application can be started on the thinclient (for example, RDP client, Citrix receiver, VMware Horizon).
The connection to the terminal server or virtual desktop is established and after the login process with user and password the employee can start working.


Related links

Here you will find further links and information about the openthinclient-software. 

  • Here you will find an explanation of the functional principle on 
  • Here you will find an explanation as a PDF (download)

Download and test of openthinclient

Test our software in your company and get an idea of ​​its operation and range of functions. Information and conditions for download can be found here.