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Wyse launches Linux-based thin client system

Jan 23, 2002 — by LinuxDevices Staff — from the LinuxDevices Archive — 7 views

San Jose, CA — (press release excerpt) — Wyse Technology has announced a Linux-based thin client system system, the Winterm 5440XL. The device is designed for customers needing X-terminal, Java, or local execution of Linux application functionality, many of whom may be looking for alternatives to IBM or Neoware thin clients due to sales and support concerns stemming from their recently formed alliance. Unlike Linux products from other vendors, the Winterm 5440XL offers an expandable chassis, a robust, trusted version of Linux and exceptional remote management solution.

The Winterm 5440XL provides access to server-based Linux/Unix and 32-bit Windows applications with support for local Java and Web-based processing. The device supports the Microsoft RDP 5 and Citrix ICA 6 protocols, as well as a local browser. The Winterm 5440XL is based on SUSE Linux — a preferred version of the operating system. Unlike competing Linux products, the Winterm 5440XL does not require a network boot server, so it boots faster and uses less network resources.

The Winterm 5440XL packaged in a compact (9.5 x 1.9 x 8.6 in.) enclosure and is based on a 400MHz AMD K6 CPU. It contains 64-256MB of DRAM and 32-288MB of DiskOnChip Flash ROM and has an AGP Trident Cbi7 Graphics Adapter with up to 8 MB of Video Memory. Standard built-in interfaces includes keyboard, mouse, audio, and 10/100 Mbit Ethernet and available options include a 6GB hard drive, floppy drive, CDROM, 56K modem, and an ISDN interface.

The software suite of the Winterm 5440XL is based on the Linux 2.4.1 kernel with glibc libraries, Netscape, and extensive thin client middleware.

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