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CNET News.com: Wyse changes course with acquisition; will offer Red Hat Network type service

Dec 11, 2000, 15:41 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Stephen Shankland)

"Wyse Technology, the top manufacturer of stripped-down computers known as "thin clients," has acquired Netier Technologies and will dramatically change its business plan as a result... The acquisition gives Wyse software that will allow its customers to manage their thin clients and ultimately their desktop computers, cell phones, handheld computers, Internet appliances and other devices, Wyse chief executive John Stinger said in an interview. The move gives Wyse a stronger future, given the fact that managing computing devices is getting harder to do than building them, he said."

"The software will first be available for Wyse's thin clients, including those using Windows NT, Windows CE and Linux, Stringer said. Later, the company will add support for PCs as well."

"However, the company will likely run into competition from others. Red Hat, the top Linux seller, has launched its Red Hat Network to lure customers who want to maintain their Internet devices or computers. And Microsoft plans to sell subscription services that automatically update its software as well."

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