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ComputerWorld: Oracle, Compaq team up on Net appliances

Nov 15, 2000, 19:07 (2 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Clare Haney, Nancy Weil)

"Oracle Corp. and Compaq Computer Corp. are collaborating on a Net appliance that's due to appear next month through distribution partners, Oracle Chairman and CEO Larry Ellison announced during his keynote address yesterday at the Comdex Fall/2000 show."

"The Net appliance will be based on the Oracle 9i Application Server and Compaq's ProLiant DL360 ultra-thin two-way server. The idea behind the device is that it will arrive on customers' doorsteps with its hardware and software preconfigured, pretested and preinstalled, according to Ellison."

"The appliance uses what Ellison dubbed an "anonymous operating system," though he did reveal that it incorporates pieces of Sun Microsystems Inc.'s Solaris Unix operating and a version of the Linux open-source operating system. Ellison kept jabbing at Oracle's bitter rival, Microsoft Corp., claiming that not even IBM's MVS legacy operating system has as many lines of code as Microsoft's Windows 2000."

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