(Originally asked on StackOverflow; asking on SuperUser per a suggestion from ppeterka: http://stackoverflow.com/questions/14362785/low-powered-computers-for-a-development-team )
My company is working to get the vast majority of our users onto thin clients (using our custom, intranet-based software).
This has me thinking about the computing needs of the development team (my team). We do our compiling through a build server (currently using a few custom scripts, but moving to Jenkins next quarter). We have a nightly server and a VM host server that can create a new instance for a developer who needs to do some testing on a feature branch that isn't ready to be moved to the trunk and the nightly server.
Am I crazy to think that we may be able to use low-power workstations (e.g. a FoxConn mini computer or a Giada Cube) for most, if not all, of our developers? Has anyone out there experimented with this, or are all of us developers still running powerful, energy-hungry workstations?