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InfoWorld: Ellison launches (another) network computer company

May 09, 2000, 01:08 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by James Niccolai)

"The colorful chairman and CEO of Oracle helped to launch a new, independent venture Monday called The New Internet Computer Co. (NICC). Funded by Ellison, the company will sell a $199 "non-PC" device called the NIC (New Internet Computer) that has no hard drive, does not run Windows, and provides access to e-mail and the Internet."

"The first NIC will be targeted at educators and will provide students with a more affordable alternative to the PC for accessing the Internet and e-mail, said Gina Smith, a former technology journalist who was enlisted by Ellison late last year to be the new company's CEO...."

"The original NCs used a proprietary operating system and had to be used in conjunction with a server that hosted its software applications, she said. NICs, by contrast, run on the Linux operating system and come installed with a 56Kbps modem and Web browser from Netscape Communications, which is all they need for accessing the Web, Smith said."

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