"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."