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LinuxPlanet: It's Back: New Version of Ellison-backed Linux Network Computer

Jan 25, 2001, 15:52 (4 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by David Needle)

"The latest, and allegedly first marketable, version of the New Internet Computer was released at the Showcase conference in Palm Springs this week. Funded by Oracle CEO Larry Ellison, San Francisco-based The New Internet Computer Company is the tech titan's latest attempt to sell the network computer concept he first pitched in 1996."

"But unlike the earlier NCs which used proprietary software, the new NIC 2.0 is based on a standard Linux operating and may be the first device of its kind to support Macromedia's Flash format as well as other streaming video and audio formats such as Real Player's G2. Setup has also been streamlined on NIC 2.0."

"Best of all, NIC has kept the $199 price (sans monitors) of the original model. Other features in the 266 MHz unit include a built-in 56 Kbps modem, and 10/100 base-T Ethernet connection for high speed access, CD ROM drive, and a CD of software including Netscape Navigator 4.7, and the Internet plug-ins to handle different media files."

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