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LinuxWorld: Neoware looks to Linux - Company bets on cheap, general-purpose Linux appliances

Sep 05, 2000, 19:10 (1 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Rick Cook)

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"Neoware made its name selling thin clients for Windows. Now it has built a new strategy around embedded systems, appliances, and Linux...."

"Eon is the Swiss army knife of Linux appliances. It is built on the proposition that a single cheap Linux box can replace everything from routers to card readers to cash registers to thin clients, depending on what software is loaded on it. Neoware doesn't make the software; it sells boxes loaded with NeoLinux to developers, who add applications to fit Eon to various embedded markets."

"Our idea is to provide the basis to build a whole new generation of devices based on Linux," said Michael Kantrowitz, CEO of Neoware. "The Eon platform and NeoLinux, our embedded Linux, and a suite of management tools lets you manage, configure and even upgrade them across the net."

"The Eon platform is a plain-vanilla x86 box (it uses the National Semiconductor Geode chip) with decent performance and a good complement of I/O ports. It is so standard, in fact, that Neoware sells the same box, loaded with Windows CE, as the NeoStation 3000C, a thin client for Windows applications. What makes Eon interesting is the software and the underlying concept -- not to mention Neoware's history as a staunch supporter of Windows thin clients."

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