Thin Terminals

ThinLinc has support for several thin terminals, i.e. hardware built with the task of providing a thin client as primary design goal.

HP ThinPro Terminals

HP ThinPro terminals are based on Ubuntu, and therefore one can use the DEB package provided in our ThinLinc Client bundle for this terminal.

Manual installation/upgrade of ThinLinc Client

Below we will describe the process of manually installing the ThinLinc Client on Ubuntu based HP ThinPro Linux terminals.

  1. Use the tool Administrator/User mode switch to authenticate as administrator.

  2. Start an X terminal from the advanced tab in the control panel.

  3. Unlock the filesystem:

    # fsunlock
  4. Copy the ThinLinc Client .deb package from ThinLinc Client bundle onto a USB memory stick, and connect it to the terminal. Go into the directory which represents your connected USB device with command:

    # cd /tmp/tmpfs/media/my_usb_storage

    As an alternative, it is also possible to download the client package from a web server using the wget command.

  5. Install the ThinLinc Client package using Debian package manager command:

    # dpkg -i thinlinc-client*.deb
  6. Lock down the filesystem before closing the X terminal window:

    # fslock
  7. Reboot.

  8. Add a ThinLinc connection in the connection manager.

The HP Connection Wizard does not include an entry for ThinLinc. Press Skip, then add a ThinLinc Connection in the Connection Manager.

The default user and administrator share the same home directory, and it is therefore important to NOT start the ThinLinc Client as administrator the first time. This will make the ThinLinc Client configuration only accessible by administrator and not the default user.

On “zero” clients, the default server name is set when the ThinLinc connection type is selected. To change server name, temporarily switch to another connection type, then switch back to ThinLinc. Also, to configure the ThinLinc Client, enter an invalid username/password combination in the HP login dialog. Acknowledge the error. It is then possible to access the full ThinLinc Client interface.

IGEL Universal Desktop

A client package for IGEL Universal Desktop terminals is provided. It is included in the directory client-igel in the Client Bundle. IGEL Universal Desktop is a modern embedded operating system which works well. Some editions includes a bundled ThinLinc client. We do not recommend this client. Instead, install the client as described below.


Installation of our client package is only possible on IGEL terminals with the Custom Partition feature. Please ask your IGEL representative for more information.

Installing/Upgrading the ThinLinc Client on IGEL terminals

Below we will describe how to install and configure the ThinLinc client on IGEL terminals, using the Custom partition. You can use either the Universal Management Suite software running on a separate workstation, or the setup software installed on the terminal. You will need access to a web server which allows you to publish the client files.

  1. Edit the configuration of the terminal. Select System ‣ Firmware ‣ Customization ‣ Custom Partition.

  2. Under the Partition option, make sure that Enable Partition is checked. Enter a size, such as 100M. The partition must be at least 25 MiB. The upper limit depends on the hardware used. Make sure that the mount point is /custom.

  3. Under the Download option, press the star to create a new data source. Enter the URL to the web server where the ThinLinc client package definition is located. Example:

  4. Under Custom Application, press the star to create a new application entry. Use a Session Name such as ThinLinc.

  5. Click on Settings. Enter the Icon name:


    To setup the client to use the terminals normal language, enter this Command:


    To setup the client to use Swedish, use this Command:

    env LC_ALL=sv_SE.UTF-8 /custom/thinlinc/bin/tlclient
  6. Press OK to save the configuration.

Other Thin Terminals

The ThinLinc client can be made to run on almost any Linux-based Thin Terminal as well as on some Windows-based appliances. Contact Cendio if you need help on a consultancy basis.