As revealed here yesterday, Intel has put its cards on the table and has unveiled a specification for a reference 'Windows Terminal' design - similar to a network computer - which will run a range of operating systems.
That could sound the death knell for the NetPC specification, previously pushed by Intel, although the chip giant is denying that the two designs are competitive.
The new specification, which has the lengthy name Lean Client System Design Guidelines (LCSDG) - or even Network Server Configuration Guidelines for Lean Clients (LCSDGNSCG) - is supported by Microsoft, Compaq, SCO, Novell, Big Blue and a number of players, but flies in the face of previous announcements by most of the big players.
Gail Hall, UK representative at Intel, said: ?The NetPC is a flexible PC and this specification does not affect it at all. The NetPC is still a valid concept. Intel is now offering solutions from the bottom to the top.?
She confirmed that the so-called lean client will support Java as well as Windows platforms and almost any other operating system. ?There?s a new opportunity for us outside the PC market,? she said.
Hardware manufacturers supporting Intel?s reference platform include Compaq, HP, Fujitsu, NEC, NCD, Packard Bell, Siemens Nixdorf, Unisys and Wyse.
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