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Forbes: Ellison Backs Another Microsoft Competitor

May 09, 2000, 15:26 (2 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Lisa DiCarlo)

"Oracle chief Larry Ellison is taking another stab at loosening Microsoft's chokehold on the desktop with an 'information appliance'."

"Ellison, not Oracle, is the primary backer of New Internet Computer, which in June will introduce a $199 (without monitor) system that runs Linux, does e-mail and surfs the Web. NIC will target the uninitiated masses with the low-priced systems."

"The question is why Ellison would want to get involved with something as generic and low-margin as information appliances. His company is already the leader in high-margin complex databases, customer relationship management and enterprise resource planning software, with sales approaching $10 billion."

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