Thin-client meaning

A client machine that relies on the server to perform the data processing. Either a dedicated thin client terminal or a regular PC with thin client software is used to send keyboard and mouse input to the server and receive screen output in return. The thin client does not process any data; it processes only the user interface (UI). The benefits are improved maintenance and security due to central administration of the hardware and software in the datacenter.The architecture harks back to the early days of centralized mainframes and minicomputers. In the 1970s and 1980s, a user's machine was a terminal that processed only input and output. All data processing was performed in a centralized server.
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In a client/server network, client software or a client node that has little in the way of resources such as memory, disk space, and processing power and, therefore, relies on the server to provide those resources. A browser, for example, provides client access to server-hosted applications, data, and processing. A diskless workstation is an example of a thin client node. See also browser, client, client/server, dumb terminal, fat client, node, server, and software.
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(computing) A minimal client that relies on the server to do most of its processing.
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