Thin Client Readied

SAN MATEO (08/15/2000) - Adding thin-client computing to its growing list of open-source technologies, IBM Corp. Tuesday introduced here at LinuxWorld a NetVista N2200L thin client for Linux and a software package for the client/server system.

The software, TurboLinux 6.1 for IBM NetVista Thin Clients, was developed through a partnership with Brisbane, Calif.-based TurboLinux.

Armonk, N.Y.-based IBM already works with Linux vendors Red Hat Inc., in Durham, N. C., Caldera Systems Inc., in Orem, Utah, and Oakland, Calif.-based SuSE Linux AG. Big Blue expects to deliver additional thin-client solutions from each of those companies in the near future, according to IBM officials.

Thin-client computing generally operates in a closed, server-to-client network where there is no need for a fully functional PC, such as a grocery checkout line.

Thin clients and other next-generation computing devices are initial target markets of the GNOME operating environment, an open-source desktop interface.

IBM is as a member on the GNOME advisory board.

The device will be available sometime before the end of the year. No pricing information was given.

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