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TechWeb: Compaq To Unveil Its First Fixed Thin Clients

“Compaq said the features and functionality of thin-client
hardware is not important. Instead, what Compaq sees as important
to thin client users is the company’s ability to offer users
one-stop shopping for thin clients, conventional PC desktops,
Intel-architecture and Unix servers, storage, and servers, the
company said.”

The desktop system will be available in the fourth quarter,
with two models, one running Windows CE and another running
Linux.
The Linux system will be designed for users who require
a browser resident on the thin client itself, rather than the
Windows NT server. A desktop browser frees up network bandwidth and
server processor power for other applications. The Linux model will
also be designed for users who desire a product without the “taint”
of Microsoft.”

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