Wyse Unveils Market's First Thin Client Based on Latest Linux Kernel

Posted by dave on Aug 2, 2004 5:43 AM EDT
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Leader in Server-Centric Computing Delivers Most Advanced, High-Performance, Modular Thin Client Device Available With Linux

LINUXWORLD, SAN FRANCISCO, Aug. 2 /PRNewswire/ -- Wyse Technology, the domain experts in server-centric computing (SCC), announced today at the LinuxWorld Conference and Expo the most optimized and flexible Linux thin client available and the only thin-client device based on the latest Linux kernel, 2.6. The Wyse(R) Winterm(TM) 5150SE thin client, powered by the Wyse Linux V6 operating system, is an advanced system running on an AMD Geode(TM) GX 533@1.1W* processor that is setting new standards for performance and value for thin client devices.

The Wyse Winterm 5150SE and Wyse Linux V6, which will be available in Q4 of this year, deliver the most innovative and modular thin client on the market, customizable to specific needs across a wide variety of platforms, including Windows, Unix/Linux, IBM, X-Windows, and Java. The Linux solution from Wyse addresses Linux as the fastest growing thin-client market and is an outstanding choice for organizations that have adopted Linux or are looking into a Linux solution or open source mandates.

"The Wyse Winterm 5150SE thin client is helping advance the overall movement of Linux to the desktop, " said Mike DeNeffe, Senior Director of the Wyse Winterm line. "Wyse is once again setting the bar in the server-centric marketplace by offering the most innovative, powerful, and secure Linux solution available. We're addressing the growing need in organizations to embrace the advantages of Linux as a desktop alternative."

The Winterm 5150SE offers unique flexibility in the form of free seating capabilities, enabling users to log in to different clients without losing their configuration, and modular design for adding or removing features as necessary for improved performance and cost advantages. The device offers unique "stateless" plug-and-play configuration, requiring no configuration to replace devices, for additional savings in support cost and time.

As a device in which applications and data are hosted centrally on a server rather than on the desktop, the Wyse Linux thin client is providing a much more versatile, cost-effective, secure, and manageable IT infrastructure in the Linux environment than a PC. Accounting for over 20 percent of the current worldwide thin client market, which is itself outpacing PC shipment growth, Linux thin clients are becoming a popular choice for companies and organizations.

The Wyse Winterm 5150SE thin client offers a secure read-only file system that provides the highest protection against software corruption and virus attacks. The devices are extremely reliable with no moving parts such as fans, a hard drive, CD-ROM or floppy drive. The device features a functional, compact chassis with USB and legacy I/O ports and fits unobtrusively on or under a desk or can be easily mounted on a wall. As with all Winterm thin clients, the Winterm 5150SE comes bundled with Wyse(TM) Rapport(R), the device management tool that leverages the value of the IT infrastructure for maximum ROI. The new operating system also supports a full-featured local Mozilla browser option as well as latest ICA and RDP protocols.

The launch of the Wyse Winterm 5150SE and Wyse Linux V6 is part of a series of Wyse Linux innovations that are in line with the company's overall strategy to create sustainable IT infrastructures through proven server-based computing and centralized management capabilities. About Wyse Technology

Wyse Technology is the leader in server-centric solutions that make users more productive and reduce IT cost and complexity. As the world's leading provider of thin-client solutions, Wyse provides end-user systems that can be centrally managed and controlled to conserve resources and increase performance. Wyse provides services, software and hardware that liberate IT departments from unnecessary support and maintenance functions, empower users to be more productive in their jobs, and protect and improve access to critical information and business applications. Its industry-leading software solutions improve the ROI of existing servers and PCs and enhance management of a broad spectrum of information access devices and improve the performance of servers and networks. Wyse thin client systems have been proven to be nine times more reliable than PCs and require replacement far less often. Headquartered in San Jose, California with offices worldwide, Wyse has been #1 in thin-client market share for the last seven years, and has been named Microsoft "Embedded Partner of the Year" for three years. For more information, visit the Wyse Website at http://www.wyse.com or call 800-GET-WYSE. NOTE: Wyse is a registered trademark and Wyse, Winterm, and the Wyse logo are trademarks of Wyse Technology Inc. Rapport is a registered trademark of Rapport Technologies, Inc., a division of Wyse Technology Media Contact:

Derek Kober

Neale-May & Partners

650-328-5555 ext. 126


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