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IT-Director: Spoilt for choice on the desktop [Oracle NIC]

Jun 23, 2000, 14:44 (0 Talkback[s])
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"Oracle spin-off The New Internet Computer Corporation (TNICC) is just about to release a new network computer. Unlike Larry's early attempts, this is not a completely dumb device but includes storage and Linux. As more and more devices such as these hit the marketplace it raises the opportunity for businesses to actually buy what they need rather than what they are told to buy."

"The New Internet Computer (NIC), as TNICC has named this device is based upon a 266MHz Pentium-class CPU with 64 MB of SDRAM, an SVGA connection, 4MB flash memory as local storage, and a 24x CD-ROM. The combined Linux and Netscape environment is stored on the CD-ROM. There are Ethernet and modem options that provide the connectivity."

"This movement away from the dumb NC is a response to the failure of such devices within the market. Whilst the principle of thin-client access is well established, it has not been easy to convince the user community to move away from the trusty PC system. The NIC is a first step in establishing a smaller-scale alternative that will allow some of the users' favourite features to remain whilst not encouraging 'fat' applications. It won't be long before the need for more and faster storage dictates the insertion of a small hard drive and then, perhaps, businesses will have a choice of which technology to put on their desktops."

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