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In the beginning, thin-client terminals booted from a server, had very slow CPUs with small amounts of memory, and relied on application servers to provide needed features. It is no surprise that these early thin clients didn't take off because delivery was poor (high bandwidth requirements, low color support, no sound, etc.) and the application servers themselves didn't support applications very well. Over the last few years, the story has changed. Thin clients have been enhanced to support faster CPUs, faster video, and increased and faster memory. Today, popular software applications typically work well in a terminal server environment, application server software has improved significantly, and server hardware prices have plummeted. All of these factors have contributed to the surge in demand for thin clients.
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