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Thin Client

A thin client is a lightweight machine that offloads its processing and data handling tasks to a central machine. Under the thin client computing model, each thin client terminal the user interacts with is essentially just a front end that only handles rendering a local GUI for the user, while the actual computing happens on a central server somewhere else within the building or even in a remote location.  While thin client computing has the obvious disadvantage of removing the actual processing power from the local machine, it has many advantages like ease of system maintenance, increased security, and, in some applications, significant cost savings over deploying a large network of more advanced PCs.

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