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PRNewswire: IDC Expects Worldwide Thin Clients to Weigh in at Over 1 Million in 2000

Mar 08, 2000, 18:22 (0 Talkback[s])

"The worldwide thin client market is quickly growing fat. IDC expects shipments to weigh in at almost 1.3 million by yearend 2000, 80% heavier than at the start of the year -- and that's after a 90% increase in 1999.

"'The worldwide enterprise thin client market is experiencing powerful growth,' said Eileen O'Brien, director of IDC's Enterprise Thin Clients research program."

"Windows-based-terminal-like devices currently dominate the market, accounting for more than 70% of shipments in 1999. However, IDC expects they will see increased competition from Linux-based thin clients."

"'Many Linux thin clients were brought to market late in 1999 and early this year,' O'Brien said. 'Their presence should bring the level of competition up a notch.' IBM, Neoware, Netier, Addonics, Maxspeed, and Compaq all offer Linux thin clients. 'Nevertheless, it is obvious that the applications people want to use today in enterprises are Windows applications, but Linux alternatives could develop.'"

Press release.