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Windows 10 desktop on the Raspberry Pi: NComputing launches $99 RX300

The RX300 thin client will be available to firms from the end of this month.

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The RX300 thin client.

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NComputing has launched a Windows thin client built around the $35, credit card-sized Raspberry Pi 3 Model B.

The RX300 thin client provides access to a variety of Windows desktops, including Windows 10, which are streamed from a central machine by NComputing's vSpace Pro 10 desktop virtualization software.

The software allows firms to provision a centrally managed Windows desktop to hundreds of RX300 clients.

NComputing claims its vCAST streaming technology allows for full-screen playback of full HD local or web video on the clients, without the need for the central servers to have a dedicated GPU. However, subscription to this vCast technology is only included for six months after buying the RX300.

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Each thin client has four USB 2.0 ports, with full USB redirection and server-side device drivers to provide support for a range of peripherals.

The $99 RX300, which is targeted at educational institutions and SMBs, can be run as a thin client to access a virtual Windows desktop or as a local Raspberry Pi PC, running the Pi's official Linux-based Raspbian OS.

NComputing says the thin clients are designed to be simple to configure and automatically receive updates from vSpace Pro 10 servers.

Young Song, NComputing CEO, said it chose to base the client around the Raspberry Pi 3 because of the board's affordability and portability.

Each RX300 comes bundled with a free one year connection license to vSpace Pro 10, with each subsequent year costing $49 per user.

NComputing's vSpace Pro 10 can stream a Windows desktop to a single client from Windows 7, 8.1 or 10 or Windows Server. To stream a desktop to multiple clients, vSpace Pro 10 needs to be running on Windows Server 2016, Windows Server 2012 R2 U1, Windows Server 2012, Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1, Windows Multipoint Server 2011 or Windows Multipoint Server 2012—the firm will also need to purchase the appropriate Microsoft client access licenses.

The NComputing RX300 series will be available worldwide in late February through resellers.

The RX300 is not the first thin client to be released based on the best-selling Raspberry Pi. Last year Citrix and ViewSonic released the $119.99 SC-T25 Raspberry Pi 3 Thin Client.

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Nick Heath is chief reporter for TechRepublic. He writes about the technology that IT decision makers need to know about, and the latest happenings in the European tech scene.

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