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Embedded Linux takes on the IT desktop

Apr 5, 2004 — by LinuxDevices Staff — from the LinuxDevices Archive — 1 views

Embedded Linux and VIA processors have helped Neoware produce two thin clients it hopes will boost network computing. Neoware claims its $199 Capio and $299 Eon offer security advantages, all the performance, and better centralized management than PCs, at a quarter of the price.

(Click for large view of Neoware Capio One)

The new Linux-based devices are compatible with centralized thin-client management software from IBM, Microsoft, IBM, according to Neoware. The company says that by eliminating vendor lock-in, it has removed “the most significant issue inhibiting thin client appliance adoption.”

The Capio One runs embedded Linux, and is available with host access software including Citrix ICA, Microsoft RDP, and/or Neoware TeemTalk. It can run any Windows program from a Windows server, Neoware claims. Pricing starts at $199.

The Eon supports Windows CE, Windows XP Embedded, and Linux, and is customer-upgradeable. It is available with a built-in LCD monitor (e300, pictured right), in tablet PC form (e500), or as a normal thin-client device (e100). Neoware claims the Eon offers video and system performance equal to desktop PCs.

The Capio One and Eon are solid-state appliances with no hard drive, floppy, CD, fan, or other moving parts.

Market analysts are bullish on thin clients, and Neoware was recently found to be the third-fastest growing small company in the electronics industry. Neoware announced its partnership with Taiwanese chip vendor VIA last week, touting security features supported by the VIA chips.

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