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Project MERLIN: Universal Computing and Wireless Thin Client

Tuesday, January 1, 2002

Abstract

MERLIN is a universal student computing program employing "wireless thin client," a unique combination of three technologies: (1) notebook computers equipped with basic software (MS Office, Web browser), (2) an 802.11b wireless network that blankets the campus, and (3) a Citrix MetaFrame server farm that provides access to specialized software, such as SPSS, Project, and Visual Studio. The presentation will consider planning and consensus building, the technical solution, the implementation, lessons learned, and ongoing challenges.

Winner: 2002 EDUCAUSE Award for Excellence in Networking. Award sponsored by Novell, An EDUCAUSE Bronze Partner.

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