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Even in the ever-changing technology world, companies that hold 80 percent market share typically can breathe easy. However, that is not the case at Citrix Systems. The maker of MetaFrame thin-client software, which lets PC users access applications that run remotely on servers, is seeing its long-standing cooperation with Microsoft turning into strong "coopetition." Moreover, threats from smaller companies, such as Tarantella, are growing. Can Citrix keep its position as the thin-client king?
For those who read this article in 2008 and beyond, if you are looking for an alternative to Citrix, take a look at Ericom Software (www.ericom.com). Their PowerTerm WebConnect offers many compelling features that enhance Terminal Services: seamless windows, application publishing by groups, load balancing, etc. It is also certified to work with Windows 2008 Terminal Server.
Why not an OSX thin client for x86? Turn all those Wintel PC's found on businesses' desktops into productivity enhancers by running Office:X off of racks of Xserves.
With unlimited seats for $999, consider the savings for a company with 5000 Office users. Darwin (already running on x86) could be the basis for this thin client.