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Interactive Week: Ellison Aims Linux Device At Microsoft

Feb 09, 2001, 16:21 (8 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Charles Babcock)

"A low-cost Internet device on display at LinuxWorld a week ago is offering to drive the cost of accessing the Internet below $200. And the chief backer of the company behind the device, Larry Ellison, is one of the richest men in the world."

"The new device... runs Linux... [and has] a 266 MHz Cyrix processor, 64 megabytes of memory, a CD ROM drive and a 56K modem. The device contains no hard disk and for $199 no monitor is included. It can be used on either an Ethernet local area network or be plugged into a phone jack."

"The New Internet Computer makes use of WinToNet software from Menta Software (ww.mentasoftware.com), which uses a Java Virtual Machine to deliver a standard Windows-like interface to the device's monitor. The device may obtain and display information from a Windows application running on a server, with WinToNet."

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