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AllLinuxDevices: Executive Interview with Howie Hunger [IBM's Director for Thin Clients]

Sep 13, 2000, 02:06 (3 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Lisa Paul)

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"Howie Hunger is IBM's Thin Client director. In this interview with ThinPlanet, which we carry in its entirety, Hunger discusses IBM's Linux-related initiatives, how Linux appeals to users outside its traditional community, and what makes it a superior choice for thin client computing. According to Hunger, many don't care that their thin clients are Linux-based, they're just happy it works as well as it does."

"Thin Planet: IBM recently announced a new NetVista Thin Client that runs TurboLinux. What are the advantages of deploying thin clients that run Linux as opposed to Windows CE, DOS, etc.?"

"Howie Hunger: I'm going to answer that question in two ways. First of all, we are providing a TurboLinux implementation to allow customers to have all of the general capabilities that people have come to know are available on thin clients. The underlying technology, for many customers, is not important. Rather, it is the function they can get from it. And with our TurboLinux offering, we are going to be offering an implementation that includes ICA, standard emulators, browser and a Java virtual machine."

"There is a second group of customers, however, that will want to take that base functionality and customize it for their particular environment. And that is where having a Linux offering is a real interesting opportunity, because for those customers that would like to get to a more current level of a JVM, utilize application code in the client and perhaps support some devices that might not be in a standard product offering, the open source movement of Linux gives those customers the ability to add, customize and deploy a very unique solution for their organization."

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