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PC Week: Oracle defends e-biz turf [& promises Linux-based network computer]

Mar 07, 2000, 21:31 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Joseph C. Panettieri, Ed Sperling)

"...[Oracle CEO Larry] Ellison -- convinced that the consumer thin-client market is ready for prime time -- is gearing up to launch a second network computer spin-off, dubbed New Internet Computer Co. Nicknamed 'Nic,' the clandestine company will be run by former high-tech journalist Gina Smith, a source within Oracle confirms."

"According to Ellison, the new company will sell $199 Intel-powered machines that run Linux. Netscape Navigator will come bundled with the product, he says."

"Ellison originally suggested that products would ship in the first quarter of 2000. But, with the spin-off still under a shroud of secrecy and its Web site not yet functional, that goal appears very unlikely."

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