Raspberry Pi delivers cheap Windows for SMBs

Summary:A Raspberry Pi enthusiast has managed to get Windows 7 on the cheap Linux computer using Citrix XenDesktop.

A Raspberry Pi enthusiast has managed to get Windows 7 on the cheap Linux computer using Citrix XenDesktop, a sign that the device could bring savings to businesses, according to the foundation behind the device.

A video posted to YouTube shows a recently shipped Raspberry Pi running a Windows 7 virtual desktop, using Citrix XenDesktop 5.6 on a VMware ESXi 5 hypervisor, according to the poster, 'VirtualBigBANGtheory'. The credit card-sized computer was running the Debian Squeeze (version 6.0) OS and had Citrix Receiver and the Iceweasel browser preloaded, the poster noted.

The approach could allow firms that have to use Windows for legacy reasons to use the $45 Raspberry Pi, which itself cannot run the Microsoft operating system, according to Raspberry Pi Foundation spokeswoman Liz Upton.

For more on this story, read Raspberry Pi could bring 'cheap' Windows to companies on ZDNet UK.

Topics: Hardware, Linux, Microsoft, Open Source, Operating Systems, Software, Windows

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