OS change on C90LEW WES Win XP embedded

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  • #106916
    Kai Pretzsch
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    Hello,

    A happy and healthy New Year to everybody!!!
    I’m a private user, mainly addicted to old hardware stuff with UNIX and Linux.
    I have been received a few WYSE C90LEW WES ThinClients running currently “Win XP embedded”.
    – By reading I found the WYSE extended Linux V6 or V7 would be ideal to me for re-use this ThinClients for different types of terminal connections to my other machines.
    – I checked Dell download page for Firmware for this Cx0-Series. But Dell will not offer anything (anymore) via their public Homepage.
    – I also checked this page here in the download area to find something Cx0 specific. But either I’m lost with the naming, or there is nothing for the combination of C90LEW with WYSE extended Linux V6 or V7 available.
    Does someone know an alternative place or way to download the right *.rsp, *.i2d or *.xml files to create a push SW flash USB stick?

    On top I read some “rumours” in another, different forum about a potential blockade in systems, preventing Win XP embedded operated C90LEW WYSE clients to get a SW push update?
    – Can someone confirm or reject this rumour?
    – If this statement above is true… Is the a way known to overule? Perhaps by needle adapter- or ISP- or JTAG-flashing?
    Thank you in advance for any answer or hint

    With best regards
    Kai

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    Jim Lathan
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    I have installed Lubuntu and other distros on these and other thin client devices, have you tried installing Linux with a bootable USB?

    Once installed you can install Remmina and/or other remote access clients.

    Also, there is no Wyse Management support for this device.

    Jim

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    Kai Pretzsch
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    Dear Jim,

    Thanks for the answer. YES, I know about booting other Linux via USB. And I have got  good experience with Tiny Core Linux (TCL) already. Also on the WYSE C90LEW WES Thin Clients. But my intention was to use one of my WYSE C90LEW WES as a Terminal client to connect to “everything” in my LAN. And here I was hooked by the easy to use WYSE V6 software “connection Manager” together with the Ericom Powerterm. But it seems your advice with Remmina is quite the same or perhaps even better. I will try to install it on Tiny Core Linux (TCL). Thanks a lot again for this hint. In parallel I will try to copy connection Manager” together with the Ericom Powerterm from one WYSE SX0 client with V6 to a C90LEW running Tiny Core. We will see…

    Thanks Kai

    #107132
    Jim Lathan
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    Good luck…

    Jim

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    spoolin01
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    If I follow your intentions, I don’t believe the Wyse machines will allow you to install their Linux builds on a machine licensed for WES7.  Perhaps if you are able to hack their license-enforcing firmware…

    #107206
    Jim Lathan
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    You are correct, there is built-in security that will prevent other Wyse OS/Firmware that was not included with the original purchase. However, you can install other operating systems.

    Jim

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    I don’t have the skills, but I assume that someone adept with Linux could figure out how to install the Wyse build without making use of a Wyse installation process.   The main difficulty anymore is the lack of repository for all those old licensed images.  It’s a shame all that hardware has been semi-orphaned in that fashion.  The later generations,through the early years of the Dell takeover, were respectable hardware, even by today’s standards.

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    Jim Lathan
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    Understanding, back in the early times of PC and thin clients, I coined the phrase “hardware drives software drives hardware”. With the rapid advancements in unified communications, low CPU-powered devices just keep up with the off-loading required for optimal performance.

    I have customers still using older devices with WMS, just have to be aware of the VDA on the WES device. Some will not accept the latest version.

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