I'm curious as to whether that 4% also takes into account multiple users accessing a single machine via a thin client solution.
Check out this article:
Digital Journal -- Canadian company Userful is now giving away its Desktop Multiplier software to anyone who wants an extra PC free.
The software turns one computer into many, allowing a single computer box to support multiple users at the same time. All you need to do is connect an extra monitor, USB keyboard and mouse to your run-of-the-mill computer box, and the Desktop Multiplier software will make it possible for two people to work on the same PC at the same time.
The reason Userful is giving away its software is to prove an environmental point and show just how much "un-tapped value lies hidden in today's desktop PCs," as their company press release reads.
In an email interview with DigitalJournal.com, Userful's marketing and PR manager, Sean Rousseau, said, "Desktop multiplier works so efficiently because it only copies the necessary portions of the operating system while sharing the rest between each user. However from a user's perspective it appears that both have their own independent PC since their actions and files are completely private and separate from each other."
As for the legality of splitting the operating system to work with multiple users, Rousseau also noted Userful's Desktop Multiplier runs on the open source Linux operating system, so turning one computer into two is perfectly legal.
I've got this running at my house. I put a small, low power/low noise Tux box in my study, Now I can do research, browse the web. and get some writing done without distractions. The lower heat emission is great considering it's "air conditioning season" where I live. The compressor is actually cycling on and off now instead of running constantly since my god-box has been relocated. And the lower noise level is nice too!
Here's case study of doing it via a Novell turnkey approachhttp://www.novell.co...s/feature/18720.html
Cost effective - and green! Gotta love that.