In an attempt to further popularise its thin clients, researchers at Sun Microsystems have developed software that will give a home computer or laptop all the features of a traditional Sun Ray thin client.
The vendor unveiled the application, called Soft Ray, at its Sun Labs research arm in Silicon Valley last week.
It allows customers to use their home computer or a laptop with the operating system of their choice and still get the benefits of a thin client. Users will also get access to corporate data and applications through the internet.
"This is the ultimate in ease of use," said software engineer Tom O'Neill, who works on the project.
The system allows employees access to applications from a dumb terminal, with the data and applications residing on a server.
Sun Ray has been slow to catch on because it lacks some software support and does not allow people to work from home or on laptop computers. Soft Ray deals with this problem.
It lets users preserve the state of their computers. A user that logs off at work and later uses his laptop to log on again, will find all his windows and applications in the same state that he left them.
The application is not yet on Sun's product road map, according to O'Neill.
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