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I just got a Raspberry Pi and want to try to use it as a thin client to Ubuntu so that I can browse the web and run applications. What programs do I have to run on the Raspberry Pi to do this? What about on the server.

Additionally, if I want to run multiple Raspberry Pis do I need a server for each or what way can I make it easier to manage multiple clients?

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You could do this with a single server for many raspberry pi systems and simple x forwarding set up (so you'd need X running on the pi). The advantage of this approach is you could run a mix of native and non native applications - with non native applications just being scripts than run ssh -X software, with an account on the server per application. If you wanted a full system thin client, then XDMCP would be a better choice.

Setting up raspberry pi systems as LTSP would be more interesting, and there's already a project to do it. You'd need a LTSP server for this.

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