The Dell Wyse 3040 Thin Client – would it be possible/advisable to install Linux on it and use it as a small, personal server, for a couple of blogs, NextCloud, maybe turn it into a @freedomboxfndn? Appreciate info from anyone who knows. Thanks!

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@forteller @freedomboxfndn If a badger can run linux, then so can that thin client.

@forteller @freedomboxfndn I can't speak to that model, but I've been using a Wyze Zx0 as a server and it's ideal. Compared to the "gotcha"-heavy world of SBCs, especially the migraine-inducing Raspberry Pi, the x86 thin clients are a breath of fresh air. After doing a bunch of reading I felt the Zx0's were the best balance, personally.

@forteller @freedomboxfndn Oh I found the site I was trying to remember when you asked. Maybe you've seen this already but it's a collection of info on various models of Thin Client including the Wyze range, including details like mods to add function, available sockets and slots, tricks to install Linux, etcetera:
It was really helpful to me in choosing the model I wanted. I recall now that the ZX0 range won out because they are just on that boundary between "once a thin client, always a thin client" and "small desktop" - you can add RAM and even a SATA drive using a ribbon cable, and it's basically a fanless dual-core computer with Gigabit networking in a neat case. :)

@forteller @freedomboxfndn I mislead you! I linked to a page without checking the contents. I have a model that is named "Zx0" on it own sticker, but the one I linked you is "Sx0", a totally different thing.
The Zx0 is more like a variant of this model:
This one is the dual-core AMD that accepts RAM and SDD upgrades easily.

@seachaint Unfortunately they don't seem to have the 3040, and that's the one I might be able to buy quite cheap…

@forteller Yea, and I guess a disadvantage of the modularity of the series I prefer is that people often sell them without RAM, PSU, or even HDD/SSD, so one must be cautious with them. You can often end up spending over 100 on them even with budget parts.
On the other hand the "total cost of ownership" for a RasPi between the *correct* PSU, an appropriate hard drive for the weak USB3 power circuit, heatsinks, and time spent debugging is IMO worse than a no-BS dual core x86..

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