CLAS virtualPC (vPC) and Thin Client Devices
The CLAS vPC environment is available to departments and computer labs within the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. This environment is normally hosted on small computing devices, called thin clients, that rely on a centralized infrastructure to provide an efficient, reliable, and consistent computing environment.
This system is available to all faculty, staff, students, and labs, but offers limited access exclusive to CLAS Computer Support Group supported hardware. This is in contrast to the UConn Anyware Desktop (SkyBox) system, which is available from any computer, personal or university-owned.
The environment is well suited for multi-user computers, computer labs, adjunct faculty, and kiosks, but they are not recommended for heavy usage, permanent staff, or some research faculty. They support most USB peripherals, including native support for the ScanSnap scanners recommended by the CLAS Business Services, and include the full version of Adobe Professional for creating/editing PDFs.
A wide range of software is available in the vPC. Software is updated at least twice per year before a semester begins, but often updates are performed more frequently. If you require a package to be installed then please contact Joe Dowden. Packages that are free and run without administrative privileges are often easy to include in a vPC software update. If the software requires individual licensing then they most likely are not a good fit for the vPC.
Adobe Professional (Acrobat)
Emacs (text editor)
Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, OneDrive, OneNote, Outlook, PowerPoint, Publisher)
MirrorOp (for use in Hitech classes using WePresent devices)
Skype & Skype for Business
|AnyVideoConverter (video format converter)
Audacity (audio editor)
GIMP (graphics editor)
IrfanView (media viewer)
K-Lite Codec Pack
Media Player Classic (video player)
Paint.NET (graphics editor)
Shotcut (video editor)
Windows Media Player (media player)
R3 with RStudio
Bitvise SSH Client
PowerShell 2, 3, 4, 5
Python 2 & 3
Strawberry Perl 5
Thin Client Distribution
Unlike a desktop, a thin client should also be expected to increase in performance as the server infrastructure is improved, as opposed to a desktop computer that will become slower over time as the computer ages (speed decreases are mainly from OS and application patching). They also have their software pre-installed so maintenance is less, and they even include some software, such as Adobe Acrobat, that normally a department would have to pay for themselves.
Thin clients can be purchased through Joe Dowden so please email me for a quote. A thin client mounted to a 24″ monitor (Dell P2417H) costs less than $270 at the time of writing this. When requesting a quote please explain the usage of the computer so that I may best recommend if a thin client is suited to the situation.