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LinuxPlanet: Oracle-Funded NC Company to Offer $199 Linux System

Jun 30, 2000, 15:49 (3 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by David Needle)

[ Thanks to Kevin Reichard for this link. ]

"Remember the Network Computer? It was the bold, heretical idea promoted by the likes of Oracle CEO Larry Ellison and Sun CEO Scott McNeally four years ago that was going to unseat the PC for top spot on the desktop. The basic concept of an NC is a stripped down, Internet-connected, PC that relies on a remote server for most, if not all, of its storage and access to applications. The first NCs were late in coming and never took off anywhere near what its proponents expected."

"Since its launch NICC has been focused on getting its New Internet Computers (NICs) out to needy public schools at little or no cost. In addition to the company's own contributions (Oracle says its committed $100 Million to the effort), the NICC Web site has a "Donation Package" form for people who want to buy a NIC for schools in need."

"The basic NIC is $199 but that price doesn't appear to include mouse and keyboard. According to the company's Web site, $199 gets you a system with a 266 MHz "Pentium-class" CPU, 64MB RAM, 4 MB flash memory, 24X CD-ROM drive, 56K modem, 10/100 base-T Ethernet, and the Linux 2.2 operating system with the latest version of the Netscape browser. For $376 (which includes shipping) you get a 15-inch SuperVGA monitor AND mouse, keyboard, and speakers. The NIC comes with two USB ports for connecting printers or other peripherals. The system also comes with free Internet access from NetZero, which Ellison touted as "free Internet service forever."

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