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BW: Larry Ellison's Internet Appliance Now for Sale to Consumers Nationwide - With Free Net Access

Jul 10, 2000, 22:08 (6 Talkback[s])


Re-Imagining Linux Platforms to Meet the Needs of Cloud Service Providers

"Today, Oracle Corporation Chairman Larry Ellison and the NIC Company CEO Gina Smith unveiled their new online store to sell the NIC, a $199 Internet appliance, to consumers nationwide. The NIC includes NetZero (NASDAQ: NZRO), a leading provider of free Internet access with more than 4 million registered users."

"We're the only Internet Appliance that doesn't tie you down to a single ISP," adds NIC CEO Smith. "You can sign with NetZero for free Internet access, or use an account you already have with other popular ISPs such as AT&T Worldnet, Mindspring, and Earthlink. No other Internet appliance offers this kind of choice." The NIC Company also announced today that the NIC will operate with a full-range of popular plug-ins, allowing users to view websites featuring Real Player, Java, Flash and Shockwave."

"The NIC is also ultimately reliable," adds Smith. "Because it doesn't require a hard disk, NIC users are immune to costly configuration foul-ups and viruses. And because the NIC's Linux operating system is stored safely on a CD, operating system upgrades are simply a matter of sliding in a new disk."

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