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Linux thin client runs .NET apps

Jun 12, 2006 — by LinuxDevices Staff — from the LinuxDevices Archive — 7 views

British thin-client systems integration specialist WML is offering a Linux-based client targeting remote, low-bandwidth corporate network infrastructure, including healthcare and industrial applications. The ironically named “Sumo” thin client uses open source X caching and .NET libraries to achieve good scalability and a Windows… look and feel, WML says.

(Click for larger view of Sumo)

The WML Sumo is based on Sumotech's ST166, a thin-client platform powered by a 400MHz AMD Geode [email protected] processor. It runs a WML-created Linux OS that uses No-Machine's NX caching X proxy servers to improve scalability and low-bandwidth performance. It also integrates the open source Mono .NET 1.1 runtime, allowing Windows applications to be embedded and managed using a simple setup manager, according to WML.

Additional features include a local Firefox 1.5 browser, and available support for RDP5, Citrix ICA, X Server/- XDMCP, VNC using TightVNC, SSH, and Telnet sessions. Omnikey cardman 3121 smartcard and network audio server support are also included, with wireless network support optionally available.

In addition to serving as a thin-client, the Sumo can serve as an Internet access device, and as an LPD/raw print server for a single USB printer. It supports displays up to UXGA (1600 x 1400), and measures 1.4 x 5.5 x 5.1 inches (35 x 140 x 130 mm), and draws a claimed 4.4 Watts.

WML's Mark Brown, MD, stated, “Mono support will allow users to embed and globally manage standard .NET windows applications very quickly. The Sumo delivers a market leading range of features on a remarkably thin 64 MB footprint. Experienced Linux users will appreciate access to the full power of the on board applications with the terminal console enabled.”


Pricing and availability for the Sumo have not yet been disclosed.

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