"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."