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NewsBytes: Oracle Spin-off Launches $199 PC With Giveaway

May 09, 2000, 00:58 (4 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Steven Bonisteel)

"In elaborate ceremonies at the Booker T. Washington School for the Performing and Visual Arts in Dallas, Texas, Ellison was joined by the newly appointed chief executive officer of NICC, former technology journalist Gina Smith, and retired US General Colin Powell in announcing a $100-million school-aid commitment by Oracle which parallels Powell's nonprofit organization, America's Promise: The Alliance for Youth."

"Through a campaign he called "Oracle's Promise," Ellison said, his software company will work to improve access to technology in schools around the world, beginning with a donation of 1,000 of the Internet appliances from its NICC spin-off to 23 schools in Dallas."

"The NIC is a diskless workstation with a 266MHz central processor from Cyrix Corp. and an operating system based on the Linux kernel. Unlike some early visions of the "Internet computer," which suggested much of a system's software could be served up from remote hosts, the NIC keeps its operating system and support software on a CD ROM. The system is updated by swapping in an updated CD ROM."

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