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The Register: Citrix ports to Unix, Linux, aims at telecoms, devices

Sep 13, 1999, 22:11 (6 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by John Lettice)

"Despite studied nonchalance on the part of company execs at its iForum event in Florida last week, it now seems inevitable that Citrix is poised on the brink of a major break from dependence on Microsoft. The execs still talk happily about the importance of "adding value to NT terminal server," but under the covers Citrix is working feverishly on Unix and Linux ports of MetaFrame server, and strengthening links with Redmond enemies such as Novell and Sun."

"It'll be a good trick if Citrix can pull it off, seeing its initial commercial USP was making NT applications available to thin clients, but all of the components for the Microsoft-free version of Citrix are starting to click into place, and some of them are going to cause its old 'ally' severe discomfort."

"Citrix's 'technology demonstrations' provided some useful signposts, as did the appearance of Novell CEO Eric Schmidt, and the unveiling of a new 'pay as you go' licensing strategy. The use of Solaris as the server software for some of the demos...might have been talked down by Citrix VP Dave Weiss as something that would only go commercial if customer demand existed, but privately Citrix staff conceded that Unix and Linux ports were going ahead."

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