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Linux Journal: Ellison Plugs Linux into Oracle's Network Dreams

Nov 06, 1999, 01:48 (1 Talkback[s])
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"Ellison is typically tight-lipped about the specifics of both the new company and the new network computers. So far, all that is known for sure is that the computers will feature Intel processors and the Linux operating system. And Netscape Navigator. When asked just when the network computers will ship, Ellison responded, "shortly."

"A little more detail would be helpful, particularly insofar as this is not Oracle's first foray into network computing. As the San Francisco Chronicle reported earlier this month, Ellison's plan to evolve the world from the PC to network computers was met with significant initial interest four years ago when it was first introduced. But as PC prices plummeted, fewer and fewer corporate managers were willing to risk investing in Ellison's as-yet-unproven idea of almost complete reliance on intranets for even basic user applications."

"Still, Ellison has stuck to his guns, shouting "Network Boxes!" even as the cry of "PC Boxes!" grew both louder and less expensive. Ellison's first attempt at network computers, Network Computer Inc., eventually switched focus toward developing software for interactive television, then changed its name to Liberate Technologies, and went public in August. The company now has nearly $3 billion in market capitalization."

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