At the USPTO, we have thousands of laptops issued to teleworkers to remote desktop into their systems at work (be it virtual machines or their actual desktops). Each of these laptops have to have licenses for Windows, Adobe Acrobat, etc., in addition to the licenses required for the systems located at the USPTO campus. Since all of our work is done on the remote desktop, it would make much more financial sense to use a Linux operating system (no licensing required) on the laptops, using a secure VPN client (no licensing required) and secure remote desktop client (again, no licensing required) to connect to our workstations on campus. This would eliminate redundent software.
Idea No. 12301