Problem: If you use Linux for your Desktop perhaps you miss the „Active Desktop“ of Windows Internet Explorer to see changed Web Images?
Solution: To show Web Images on your Desktop (xserver) you can use program called feh, you will need NO Browser very good for Meteosat Thin Client use or Debian Linux on a Flash Disk 1GB use. With feh smallest debian install possible no hal and no dbus or consolekit needed.
Problem: If you have bought a Thin Client Terminal, you lost updates after some years, cause the manufacter closes the support, or you have to pay for the Upgrades.
To reuse the old Hardware take a closer look on www.tinycorelinux.com There you find a very small modular Linux. You must not buy new Hardware! Tinycorelinux runs on x86 (Intel/AMD/Via) Hardware with a current 2.6 Kernel inside a RAMDISK.
Kiosk Internet Box
Netbook with full ThinClient Support for High Security Travel (Company’s)
Fast energy saving embedded PC with ramdisk Use
Embedded Server (NAS+FTP)
PC controlled Info-Screens like Store, Hotel or Airport TFT Info Screens
Embedded Tablet PCs
Tinycorelinux is easy to setup and offer good documentations about config and application setup.
Support Intel,AMD and Via CPU (Samuel 2 too, no cmov reboot bug)
Support various kinds of media, USB Stick, FlashDisk, IDE and SATA-HDD, CDROM
embedded S3 Via Graphic supported
must have internet access to get additional software packages called modules
At first read the howtos about the different kernel boot switches cause here you set parameters for the Linux on RAM.