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PC World: Ellison Launches $199 Appliance [NIC]

Jun 29, 2000, 14:05 (9 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by James Niccolai)

"Low-cost computers [running Linux] from a company established earlier this year by Oracle will go on sale to consumers July 4, Oracle's chairman and chief executive officer said here on Wednesday."

"Known as New Internet Computers, or NICs, the computers will be priced at $199 excluding a monitor, and are designed to offer quick and easy access to the Internet and to applications like e-mail. NICs have no hard drive--instead, they access applications from a central server via a Web browser."

"Customers who buy NICs can get free lifetime Internet access from Internet service provider NetZero, Oracle Chairman and Chief Executive Larry Ellison said. Monitors will cost about $100 more, he added.

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