Neoware Systems Showcases the First Embedded Linux Designed Specifically For Desktop Computing Appliances at Comdex Fall 2000

New Neoware Linux OS Features ezConnect 2.0, a New Linux User Interface,

And ezSnap, a New Software Distribution Mechanism



Nov 14, 2000, 00:00 ET from Neoware Systems, Inc.

    LAS VEGAS, Nov. 14 /PRNewswire/ -- Neoware Systems (Nasdaq:   NWRE), the
 leading supplier of award-winning software and solutions for the emerging
 Appliance Computing market, today introduced NeoLinux 2.0, the latest version
 of its embedded Linux operating system, at Comdex Fall 2000, taking place this
 week in Las Vegas.  Neoware's products are on display in the National
 Semiconductor Pavilion, Booth #L1909, in station NS404.
     NeoLinux is an embedded version of the industry-standard
 Red Hat (Nasdaq:   RHAT) Linux operating system, targeted at computing
 appliances.  Unlike traditional versions of Linux, which run on desktops or
 servers, NeoLinux is streamlined and optimized to power a new generation of
 Internet-connected computing devices, including thin clients, firewalls,
 routers, security devices, web kiosks, email stations and more.
     NeoLinux 2.0 features a newly designed, customizable user interface
 designed specifically for desktop computing appliances.  Called ezConnect 2.0,
 this new Neoware-designed user interface lets users and administrators easily
 create connections to run Microsoft Windows applications on servers, UNIX
 applications via the X Window protocol, terminal connections to mainframes and
 minicomputers, Netscape Navigator Internet connections for applications such
 as kiosk deployments, and custom connections to launch virtually any Linux
 application.  Using ezConnect, administrators can easily lock down the user
 interface to prevent unauthorized modifications.  Unlike traditional Linux
 interfaces, ezConnect requires no Linux programming experience, and can be
 customized without training to completely tailor the Linux desktop,
 automatically launch new applications at startup, and create custom computing
 appliances for a wide variety of markets.
     Also included with NeoLinux 2.0 is a software distribution capability
 called ezSnap, which allows new software features to be added to appliances
 across a network, without the need to update the entire operating system.
 Used in conjunction with Neoware's Remote Manager software, ezSnap allows
 system administrators to create "snap-ins" which provide added software
 features to appliances running NeoLinux 2.0.  These snap-ins can be added to
 individual appliances or to groups of appliances with a single mouse click,
 simplifying administration in complex network environments.  Administrators
 can mix and match snap-ins to custom-configure appliances with specific
 software features.  Neoware is making snap-ins available for a wide variety of
 add-in capabilities, including wireless Ethernet, floppy disk drivers, high-
 resolution video cards, Adobe Acrobat, RealPlayer, and Macromedia Flash.
     These two new "ez" features -- ezConnect and ezSnap -- are additions to
 Neoware's unique Linux technologies that are included with the NeoLinux
 operating system.  These features include ezCompress, which streamlines the
 Linux operating system, allowing it to operate in small devices without hard
 drives, fans or other moving parts; ezOff, which allows an appliance running
 NeoLinux to be powered down simply by pressing the on/off switch; ezSecure,
 which allows the Linux operating system to run "read-only," securing it from
 viruses or other unauthorized changes; and ezManage, which allows large
 numbers of NeoLinux-powered appliances to be discovered across the net, as
 well as centrally managed, configured and updated in groups.
     "With NeoLinux 2.0, Neoware is introducing an entirely new user interface
 that shields users from the complexity of the Linux operating system," said
 Michael Kantrowitz, Neoware's president and CEO.  "Neoware ezConnect 2.0
 allows people with no Linux experience to customize a Linux appliance and to
 launch virtually any application on a server or the Internet.  Our new ezSnap
 feature lets administrators easily add new software features to large numbers
 of appliances, across the net."
     Neoware, awarded PC Magazine Editors' Choice Award for its computing
 appliance products for the past two years, will demonstrate NeoLinux 2.0 as
 well as the latest versions of its Windows CE-based software and devices for
 appliance computing at Comdex, and will provide insight into upcoming products
 at the show.
     Neoware's NeoLinux software enables and manages computing appliances -- a
 new breed of smart devices which are designed to be simpler to use and easier
 to manage than today's personal computers.  Computing appliances running
 Neoware's software can launch Windows applications on centrally managed
 servers, plus allow users to connect to the Internet, mainframes, and
 minicomputers.  Instead of storing and running applications on complex
 personal computers which require significant administration, businesses can
 use simple-to-manage computing appliances which have no hard drives, fans or
 other moving parts.  Neoware's computing appliances are targeted at small,
 medium and large enterprises and at the Application Service Provider (ASP)
 market, in which computer applications are run on central servers, not the
 desktop.
     NeoLinux 2.0 is available immediately, bundled at no additional cost with
 Neoware's Eon family of computing appliances, and is available as a no-cost
 upgrade to Neoware customers with Full Advantage upgrade service.  As a stand-
 alone product NeoLinux 2.0 is available for $60 per appliance with one year of
 technical support and upgrades.
 
     About Neoware
     Neoware provides software and solutions to enable Appliance Computing, a
 new Internet-based computing architecture that is designed to be simpler and
 easier than traditional PC-based computing.  Neoware's infrastructure software
 and management tools power and manage a new generation of smart computing
 appliances that utilize the benefits of open, industry-standard technologies
 to create new alternatives to personal computers and a wide variety of
 proprietary business devices.  Neoware's products are designed to run local
 applications for specific vertical markets, plus allow access across a network
 to Linux servers, the Internet and Windows-based applications running on
 multi-user Windows servers.  Computing appliances that run and are managed by
 Neoware's software offer the cost benefits of industry-standard hardware,
 easier installation and lower up-front and administrative costs than
 proprietary or PC-based alternatives.  More information about Neoware can be
 found on the Web at http://www.neoware.com or via email at info@neoware.com.
 Neoware is based in King of Prussia, PA.
 
 

SOURCE Neoware Systems, Inc.
    LAS VEGAS, Nov. 14 /PRNewswire/ -- Neoware Systems (Nasdaq:   NWRE), the
 leading supplier of award-winning software and solutions for the emerging
 Appliance Computing market, today introduced NeoLinux 2.0, the latest version
 of its embedded Linux operating system, at Comdex Fall 2000, taking place this
 week in Las Vegas.  Neoware's products are on display in the National
 Semiconductor Pavilion, Booth #L1909, in station NS404.
     NeoLinux is an embedded version of the industry-standard
 Red Hat (Nasdaq:   RHAT) Linux operating system, targeted at computing
 appliances.  Unlike traditional versions of Linux, which run on desktops or
 servers, NeoLinux is streamlined and optimized to power a new generation of
 Internet-connected computing devices, including thin clients, firewalls,
 routers, security devices, web kiosks, email stations and more.
     NeoLinux 2.0 features a newly designed, customizable user interface
 designed specifically for desktop computing appliances.  Called ezConnect 2.0,
 this new Neoware-designed user interface lets users and administrators easily
 create connections to run Microsoft Windows applications on servers, UNIX
 applications via the X Window protocol, terminal connections to mainframes and
 minicomputers, Netscape Navigator Internet connections for applications such
 as kiosk deployments, and custom connections to launch virtually any Linux
 application.  Using ezConnect, administrators can easily lock down the user
 interface to prevent unauthorized modifications.  Unlike traditional Linux
 interfaces, ezConnect requires no Linux programming experience, and can be
 customized without training to completely tailor the Linux desktop,
 automatically launch new applications at startup, and create custom computing
 appliances for a wide variety of markets.
     Also included with NeoLinux 2.0 is a software distribution capability
 called ezSnap, which allows new software features to be added to appliances
 across a network, without the need to update the entire operating system.
 Used in conjunction with Neoware's Remote Manager software, ezSnap allows
 system administrators to create "snap-ins" which provide added software
 features to appliances running NeoLinux 2.0.  These snap-ins can be added to
 individual appliances or to groups of appliances with a single mouse click,
 simplifying administration in complex network environments.  Administrators
 can mix and match snap-ins to custom-configure appliances with specific
 software features.  Neoware is making snap-ins available for a wide variety of
 add-in capabilities, including wireless Ethernet, floppy disk drivers, high-
 resolution video cards, Adobe Acrobat, RealPlayer, and Macromedia Flash.
     These two new "ez" features -- ezConnect and ezSnap -- are additions to
 Neoware's unique Linux technologies that are included with the NeoLinux
 operating system.  These features include ezCompress, which streamlines the
 Linux operating system, allowing it to operate in small devices without hard
 drives, fans or other moving parts; ezOff, which allows an appliance running
 NeoLinux to be powered down simply by pressing the on/off switch; ezSecure,
 which allows the Linux operating system to run "read-only," securing it from
 viruses or other unauthorized changes; and ezManage, which allows large
 numbers of NeoLinux-powered appliances to be discovered across the net, as
 well as centrally managed, configured and updated in groups.
     "With NeoLinux 2.0, Neoware is introducing an entirely new user interface
 that shields users from the complexity of the Linux operating system," said
 Michael Kantrowitz, Neoware's president and CEO.  "Neoware ezConnect 2.0
 allows people with no Linux experience to customize a Linux appliance and to
 launch virtually any application on a server or the Internet.  Our new ezSnap
 feature lets administrators easily add new software features to large numbers
 of appliances, across the net."
     Neoware, awarded PC Magazine Editors' Choice Award for its computing
 appliance products for the past two years, will demonstrate NeoLinux 2.0 as
 well as the latest versions of its Windows CE-based software and devices for
 appliance computing at Comdex, and will provide insight into upcoming products
 at the show.
     Neoware's NeoLinux software enables and manages computing appliances -- a
 new breed of smart devices which are designed to be simpler to use and easier
 to manage than today's personal computers.  Computing appliances running
 Neoware's software can launch Windows applications on centrally managed
 servers, plus allow users to connect to the Internet, mainframes, and
 minicomputers.  Instead of storing and running applications on complex
 personal computers which require significant administration, businesses can
 use simple-to-manage computing appliances which have no hard drives, fans or
 other moving parts.  Neoware's computing appliances are targeted at small,
 medium and large enterprises and at the Application Service Provider (ASP)
 market, in which computer applications are run on central servers, not the
 desktop.
     NeoLinux 2.0 is available immediately, bundled at no additional cost with
 Neoware's Eon family of computing appliances, and is available as a no-cost
 upgrade to Neoware customers with Full Advantage upgrade service.  As a stand-
 alone product NeoLinux 2.0 is available for $60 per appliance with one year of
 technical support and upgrades.
 
     About Neoware
     Neoware provides software and solutions to enable Appliance Computing, a
 new Internet-based computing architecture that is designed to be simpler and
 easier than traditional PC-based computing.  Neoware's infrastructure software
 and management tools power and manage a new generation of smart computing
 appliances that utilize the benefits of open, industry-standard technologies
 to create new alternatives to personal computers and a wide variety of
 proprietary business devices.  Neoware's products are designed to run local
 applications for specific vertical markets, plus allow access across a network
 to Linux servers, the Internet and Windows-based applications running on
 multi-user Windows servers.  Computing appliances that run and are managed by
 Neoware's software offer the cost benefits of industry-standard hardware,
 easier installation and lower up-front and administrative costs than
 proprietary or PC-based alternatives.  More information about Neoware can be
 found on the Web at http://www.neoware.com or via email at info@neoware.com.
 Neoware is based in King of Prussia, PA.
 
 SOURCE  Neoware Systems, Inc.