Is N-Computing still a thing?


I’m not a big fan of the desktop, but there’s people who’d prefer them to laptops, strangely. Now sometime back N-computing was quite a buzzword in Nairobi. One computer and various screens and you have a whole workstation.

NComputing is a desktop virtualization company that manufactures hardware and software to create virtual desktops which enable multiple users to simultaneously share a single operating system instance. - Wikipedia

I thought that by now this would be the main standard for offices. But still, where people have their own workstations we have budget HP laptops owning the space.


I honestly didn’t know about N-computing


The last time I can across this in action was back in College in our computer science lab. I did not like it anyway because there were many issues of lagging and incompatibility of devices across lab. Anyway I would like to see a perfect working example in an office.


i think its a great inexpensive option for the workplace


We used these on campus in the labs that were not for CS students. I’ve always wondered why offices and schools don’t go open source, Ubuntu, after all very few of them need specialist software that only runs on windows


Ten years in the corporate world and I am yet to meet a Kenyan IT manager who was favourable to open source software. Their reasoning is either a lack of admins with the right skills or security fears (which is absurd).


Also, remember that you will find proprietary software companies taking up training and awareness campaigns so they can sell easier. There is more people invested in the proprietary software value chain than in open source.


Agreed. That level of vendor involvement has value on its own.


Technology has moved on… Costs are now in favour of tablets, wifi connected to the ‘office’ server.

The mindset of some (most?) IT managers, and users, is still set in the past, with desktops still viewed as necessary.

There is a tablet, (BQ), with Ubuntu, which changes between ‘tablet’ mode and ‘desktop’ mode automatically when it sees you connect a keyboard, mouse, and external monitor.

The only remaining valid argument for desktops is for ‘workstations’ for high-power graphics etc.


I’m not talking about companies big enough to afford “IT managers” but schools and small offices particularly where most the software, in this case I mean Office, is bootlegged


That’s me right here :raised_hands::raised_hands: