Implementing Portable Desktops: A New Option and Comparisons

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Provided by: Microsoft
Topic: Hardware
Format: PDF
In this paper, the authors consider the problem of using a wide variety of computers, dispersed geographically and with varied connectivity, while wanting to have each of them provide users with the same, personalized, desktop environment: operating system, customizations, applications and their documents. They describe the existing range of solutions available for this problem, and introduce and characterize the new "Desktop on a keychain" system. They explain the trade-offs that these various systems incur, and the ways in which they believe they are good and bad. Finally, they explore some of the security issues involved in using such systems.
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