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NetworkComputing.com: Win4Lin: A Linux Thin-Client Alternative Tackles the Giant

Mar 24, 2001, 16:00 (5 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Jonathan Feldman)

"Imagine how David must have felt when he first saw just how big Goliath actually was. Now you have an idea how NeTraverse must feel bringing multiuser Microsoft Windows on Linux to the ring. After all, Microsoft's Terminal Server giant is standing menacingly in the opposite corner."

"But like David, NeTraverse has a good shot at surviving. I recently tested the public beta of the multiuser Win4Lin Thin Client Server in our partner labs in Savannah, Ga., and found it to be zippy, highly usable and easy to configure. The product lets administrators centrally install and administer Windows 9x desktops from a Linux server, and replace desktop PCs with terminals. (Only X-terminal devices are supported, but third-party products that add support for other types of terminals are available.)"

"If NeTraverse can deliver on Win4Lin's promise -- that is, the ability to transfer existing "fat client" Win9x licenses to a Unix-based thin-client environment -- the future of alternative thin-client computing will become rather interesting for those who'd rather avoid Windows 2000 for Windows terminals. If you run a Unix shop on a budget and are without Terminal Server expertise in-house, this solution is a great fit. Those using Win2000's terminal services, however, will probably want to stay with it."

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