"The colorful chairman and CEO of Oracle helped to launch a new,
independent venture Monday called The New Internet Computer Co.
(NICC). Funded by Ellison, the company will sell a $199 "non-PC"
device called the NIC (New Internet Computer) that has no hard
drive, does not run Windows, and provides access to e-mail and the
"The first NIC will be targeted at educators and will provide
students with a more affordable alternative to the PC for accessing
the Internet and e-mail, said Gina Smith, a former technology
journalist who was enlisted by Ellison late last year to be the new
"The original NCs used a proprietary operating system and
had to be used in conjunction with a server that hosted its
software applications, she said. NICs, by contrast, run on the
Linux operating system and come installed with a 56Kbps modem and
Web browser from Netscape Communications, which is all they need
for accessing the Web, Smith said."
Some of the products that appear on this site are from companies from which QuinStreet receives compensation. This compensation may impact how and where products appear on this site including, for example, the order in which they appear. QuinStreet does not include all companies or all types of products available in the marketplace.