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ThinPlanet.com: Wyse Expands Offering to Focus on Solutions (With Linux Thin-Client Offerings)

Feb 11, 2002, 19:41 (21 Talkback[s])
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"McNaught points to some key areas where the Linux device may serve a customer's needs better than Windows-based device. For example, customers who want to run local Java applications or custom local Linux applications on their thin client, or who want to replace an X-terminal with something that will do the X-terminal's job as well and give them additional application access will see this as an ideal solution.

"If a customer comes in and say they want a Linux product because they want to run Java locally, then they'll get a Linux device. But if they come in and say they'd like a Linux product to get to Terminal Services because they think it's cheaper, we can show them that Windows CE .NET is actually cheaper," McNaught said. "That's part of this. We're going to be clearing up some misconceptions about the cost of the OS."

According to McNaught, even though a lot of people think of Linux as free, and while the distribution is certainly free, it often uses more resources than something like Windows CE does, and the hardware product ends up being more expensive. "There's no reason someone should see Linux as the cheapest solution -- it's not, and it's not the most robust solution either. But it is well tailored to people who want X-terminal replacements, local Java applications or custom local Linux applications."

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