"The NC2, due to ship early next year, will run the Linux
operating system bundled with Sun Microsystems' StarOffice desktop
productivity suite. It also will include an integrated CD-ROM,
which will store the machine's operating system and browser. It
will also come with both an Ethernet connection and a 56K modem.
Oracle's original NC booted off a network, while the new NC2 will
"Meanwhile, the complexity of managing Windows is leaving Jay
Higgason, a database administrator at W.M. Wrigley Jr. Co., open to
some kind of thin client."
"The biggest challenge we face is trying to manage the
workstations," said Higgason. "Sometimes an upgrade works on one
Windows machine and not on another." The venerable maker of
gum and other products is now developing its new applications to
use Web browser clients and Java-based servers."
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