Now the other shoe drops: The Sun JavaStation will have a Citrix client
built in. Reality seems to be settling in, and the vendors are finally
realizing that Java-and-only-Java is not commercially viable.
'Sun will include a version of the Citrix client on the first generation of
JavaStations, and also will support Microsoft's Hydra Windows-based Terminal
Server, due out late in the second quarter.'
'Sun's Windows strategy for its network computer may be the final chapter in
the story of the NC's changing vision. Initially seen as devices that would
sweep Intel/Windows PCs off users' desktops, NCs and other thin clients are
emerging as replacements for terminals. Thin clients also are popular as
client devices for running Windows GUIs to access applications running on NT
'"We recognize that customers may want to access Windows applications on an
occasional basis, and we recognize that the number of third-party Java
applications is small with regard to Windows," said Steve Tirado, director
of product marketing for the Java Systems Group at Sun.'
'Sun plans to try to sell its JavaStations to a type of user running what it
terms a "fixed-function" application--simple functionality that doesn't
change, such as hotel reservations, call centers or point-of-sale terminals.
Initial users of the NC will likely be using it for terminal emulation and
to access homegrown enterprise Java applications, Tirado said.'
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"Death of a Thousand Cuts" updated 9/16/97