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CNET News.com: HP to unveil new "thin-client" push

Aug 28, 1999, 01:41 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Joe Wilcox)

"Hewlett-Packard on Monday will unveil a new line of so-called thin-client computers, dubbed the Entria. ...a thin-client is a stripped-down PC that runs programs off of a powerful server computer instead of from the unit on the desk."

"Two of the new Entria models are HP designs and expand the company's use of the upstart Linux operating system to a new area.

HP's decision to adopt Linux for thin-clients makes a lot of sense, said Joe Ferlazzo, analyst with Technology Business Research.

'You're going to see companies looking more and more to Linux for their thin-client environments,' said Ferlazzo. 'You can scale Linux down to the bare bones, if you need. And it's free. There are no client licenses.' "

"The Entria L and X are the HP-designed models, which run on Linux and use Web browser Netscape Communicator 4.6 to connect to other systems on a corporate network."

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