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Chicago Tribune: Web computers slated for Chicago schools [NIC Linux-based 'net appliances]

Dec 14, 2000, 13:51 (0 Talkback[s])
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"The New Internet Computer Co. is making good on its word this week by starting to install 1,150 of its relatively new Internet appliances in Chicago-area public schools."

"The San Fransisco-based company has given 500 of its NICs - a redevelopment of the network computer Oracle Corp. marketed with limited success in the mid-1990s - with a more-than-matching gift from the National Association of College and University Business Officers."

"The NICs offer Internet browsing and e-mail access. They sell for $199 (a monitor is an additional $129) and are powered by the Linux operating system, a free competitor to Windows. They include an ethernet connection that makes them broadband- and cable-ready and Internet access through NetZero, a free Internet service provider. Users can, however, connect to other ISPs."

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