PRNewswire: IDC Expects Worldwide Thin Clients to Weigh in at Over 1 Million in 2000Mar 08, 2000, 18:22 (0 Talkback[s])
"The worldwide thin client market is quickly growing fat. IDC expects shipments to weigh in at almost 1.3 million by yearend 2000, 80% heavier than at the start of the year -- and that's after a 90% increase in 1999.
"'The worldwide enterprise thin client market is experiencing powerful growth,' said Eileen O'Brien, director of IDC's Enterprise Thin Clients research program."
"Windows-based-terminal-like devices currently dominate the market, accounting for more than 70% of shipments in 1999. However, IDC expects they will see increased competition from Linux-based thin clients."
"'Many Linux thin clients were brought to market late in 1999 and early this year,' O'Brien said. 'Their presence should bring the level of competition up a notch.' IBM, Neoware, Netier, Addonics, Maxspeed, and Compaq all offer Linux thin clients. 'Nevertheless, it is obvious that the applications people want to use today in enterprises are Windows applications, but Linux alternatives could develop.'"