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Family of computing appliances supports Linux

Feb 26, 2001 — by LinuxDevices Staff — from the LinuxDevices Archive — views

King of Prussia, PA — (press release excerpt) — Neoware Systems today introduced what is being described as the first family of computing appliances that supports Linux, Windows CE, and Embedded NT, all managed by one suite of management tools. The new Eon models offer the broadest range of choices in the appliance market, along with an industry-first Guaranteed Investment Protection plan that lets… customers move from one Eon model to another at any time in the future. This introduction strengthens the company's technical leadership in delivering industry-leading, award-winning products in the Appliance Computing space.

The new Eon models, which are available immediately, support the widest range of operating systems in the thin client appliance market. Starting at under $400 for an embedded Linux-based appliance, the Eon family incorporates models running embedded Linux, Windows CE, Linux, and Embedded NT operating systems. All Eon models are remotely managed using industry-standard protocols and by a new version of Neoware's suite of management products, called ezRemote Manager 2.0.

All Eon models are designed around a common hardware platform, allowing Eon models to be upgraded at any time to other members of the Eon family. The Eon platform is based around the National Semiconductor Geode CPU, a highly integrated, low-power X86 compatible chip with integrated graphics. Additional features of the Eon platform include a solid-state design with no disk drive, fan or other moving parts; a “brick-free” integrated power supply with no external components; support for the widest range of peripherals with serial, parallel and USB ports; an integrated PCI/ISA slot for internal modems, wireless Ethernet, Token Ring, high resolution video and future expansion; and a zero-footprint design that can be mounted under or next to a monitor or under
a desk.

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