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LINUX-POWERED THIN CLIENT DUE IN OCTOBER
Vol 21 No32 27 August 2001

Uniterm is set to launch its second thin client into the IT circuit in October. The company says that its new Linux-powered thin client was designed and introduced to stem competition from products manufactured in the East.

"For the past decade all of Uniterm's intellectual property has been Unix-based. Our first generation thin client product developed four years ago made use of a highly professional flavour of Unix which was not open source. Further enhancements have also been implemented in the design of the Flash Disc. The traditional disc on chip technology found in most other brand thin client products has been superceded by advanced embedded Linux technology and a Uniterm-designed Resident Flash Array. This Flash Array is available in sizes from 8 Mb to 128 Mb," says Angelo Borros, CEO of Uniterm. "Also Linux users can now easily embed any Linux applications directly into this platform making it an especially attractive option for point of sale users and other organisations. Because of the obvious cost advantages Linux is fast becoming the world choice in computing."

The company also recently got the go-ahead by National Semiconductor in the US to use the Geode CPU for the development of the new Linux-based thin client.

Borros says that the advantages of thin client computing are only just being realised. "Considering the costs to maintain and run PCs, the thin client reduces the cost of desktop administration, standardises the desktop, reduces time to market, and eliminates the need for upgrading PC hardware. Added benefits are enhanced network and data security and the client is completely immune to viruses."

He says that users can run any windows based application using NT servers running Citrix ICA or RDP in WAN or LAN environments. The newly-launched Tarantella client software supports Web-enabled applications delivered by Microsoft's Windows, Linux, Unix and IBM's OS400, HTML and Java, adding software muscle by making it easier to deliver server-based applications to a variety of client devices.

Borros says,"At last enterprises are beginning to realise the advantages of thin client technology. We aim to give our customers an immediate cost benefit at the time of purchase until now the customer has been told that the total cost of ownership over a period of a few years would be an effective cost saving. We now realise the cost saving should be immediate."

The company recently formed a division within the company called Uniterm Direct, where customers can have access to information, service and ordering facilities by phone or online. Uniterm's sales director, Malcolm Mackay, states "Because Uniterm is a design and manufacturing company it is only natural that customers seek technical assistance and information regarding sales and aftercare service. We aim to provide a total commitment to our customers and provide them with day and night access to any information they would deem necessary."

 
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