July 29, 2003

Linux Alternative to Citrix helps migrate users from Windows to Linux

NeTraverse writes "NeTraverse Releases Newest Version of Win4Lin Terminal Server. Linux Alternative to Citrix helps migrate users from Windows to Linux.

AUSTIN, TX July 29, 2003 NeTraverse (www.netraverse.com), today, announced the immediate availability of Win4Lin Terminal Server 2.5, based on the award-winning Win4Lin technology. Win4Lin Terminal Server allows an organization to dramatically lower costs by hosting and managing their Windows desktop sessions on low-cost, reliable and secure Linux servers.

Win4Lin Terminal Server runs on a Linux server and hosts multiple Windows desktop user sessions. The individual sessions can be remotely displayed to any browser-enabled or X windows-enabled device such as a Workstation, PC or Thin-Client display device. By running desktop sessions on a server, the administration costs and change management costs associated with traditional PC environments are dramatically reduced. Organizations also gain a benefit from giving users the ability to access a consistent work environment whether they are in the office, at home or off-site. Help Desk workloads are dramatically reduced as administrators can lock down the desktop and provide users with a well defined, approved set of applications and services suited to the role of the user. Instead of one-size-fits-all provisioning, organizations can tailor their software purchases and deployments more closely resembling the actual requirements of their users.

Running the Windows sessions on the popular Linux server platform adds another dimension to the benefits of using Win4Lin Terminal Server. Many organizations are adopting Linux as a standard platform in an attempt to re-gain control of their computing infrastructure from the increasing dominance of one vendor. Linux, developed and maintained under an Open Source licensing model, is secure, reliable and free. In addition, Linux is available from all major system vendors and has an increasing number of native applications also available under open source licensing models, making it an increasingly popular choice as a strategic next-generation platform. By deploying Win4Lin Terminal Server, organizations can encapsulate their legacy Windows environment while shifting investment to network-centric models based on Linux, XML and Web Services. Organizations can truly deploy an end-to-end Linux footprint in their organization without giving up their essential Windows applications and ability to interchange data
with other Windows users.

With NeTraverse Terminal Server, Linux has become a viable platform for general-purpose labs in our school, said, Jeffrey Elkner, Computer Science Teacher, Yorktown High School

Win4Lin Terminal Server is a powerful product for the cost-conscious and innovative organization alike, said James Curtin, President and CEO of NeTraverse. Organizations from the largest enterprises to the smallest schools can benefit from shifting their desktop management burden from dispersed, high maintenance PCs to centralized, easily-managed, stable servers. The fact that this product runs on Linux is icing on the cake.

Win4Lin Terminal Server is also proving to be invaluable to Independent Software Vendors (ISVs) in several ways. ISVs that wish to web-enable their applications, without expensive re-writing, loss of functionality or the need to maintain a separate code tree, can host their desktop applications via Win4Lin Terminal Server and easily remotely display the application through a browser with literally no modification.

"Siceroo's Zodiac system, a network computing solution with ultra-thin workstations, is an ICT infrastructure with excellent capabilities to integrate the use of windows-based software with a stable and easy to maintain open standards environment. Especially for the educational market, where sound and video are a dominant element in the applications, NeTraverse's new Win4Lin Terminal Server version is of vital importance for Zodiac to meet its quality and performance requirements", said Ivar Janmaat, CEO of Siceroo, a large System Integrator in The Netherlands.

Another popular ISV use for Win4Lin Terminal Server is as a way to control food-chain dependencies. This is where an ISV relies on a specific set of third party products being available, often in specific versions, on the same system as their software. If a user upgrades a piece of software for one application, it may create instabilities or inabilities to use another dependent application. By hosting the ISV application on a Win4Lin Terminal Server, together with the specific configuration and versions of dependent components (i.e. an Oracle database client, or a Crystal Reports client), an ISV can ensure that their configuration remains stable and available. This dramatically reduces support calls and improves customer satisfaction and uptime.

"We are recommending to all our users to deploy Bravo using the Win4Lin TerminalServer. It simplifies the deployment and maintenance without comprising any functionality. Our users are very happy with it. It is simply a great way to deploy any Windows based applications", said, Tom Li, President of Bravosoft, makers of Bravo, a mid-tier accounting solution.

New features in Win4Lin Terminal Server 2.5 include the following:

  • Improved networking support, including Winsock 2 without the need for using VNET; Novell Client support (IP only, not IPX)
  • Improved video performance, including preliminary support for DirectX (for applications that do not require hardware acceleration)
  • Improved audio support, including support for remote audio playback to Linux-based thin clients and Solaris workstations/SunRay clients
    French, Italian, German, Spanish Windows Me support (non-upgrade, full versions only)
  • Improved support for VNC and Tarantella keyboard mappings

For more information on purchasing Win4Lin Terminal Server, please visit NeTraverse www.netraverse.com.

About NeTravers
NeTraverse Inc., is the market leader in bridging Windowsî to Linuxî with over 800,000 users worldwide. Providing thin-client software solutions on the Linux and UNIX platform, NeTraverse offers innovative products and services to facilitate the seamless migration from Windows to Linux and lower the cost of enterprise IT infrastructure. NeTraverse products include Win4Lin Workstation, Win4Lin Terminal Server and Merge. Headquartered in Austin, Texas. For more information, please visit www.netraverse.com.

For Further Information, Contact:
Dan Perlman
Bluefugue Media

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