Oracle will compete with Microsoft by devoloping an alternative operating sytem to Windows NT, dubbed NC Server version 1,0.
That emerged yesterday when Larry Ellison, chief executive of Oracle, said he will introuduce a closed operating system to compete with Microsoft.
Ellison said: ?Networks are important, whether they are for electricity or for our drinking water. We rely on networks for everything but computing.? Oracle will produce its competitor to NT by the end of the year, he said.
?The PC has only one word processor, which is Microsoft Word,? he said. ?It has one spreadsheet, Excel.? He said that Oracle will produce smartcards for network computers which will contain alternatives to the MS operating system.
He said: ?We?ll have all applications on local Rom cards so there?s instant application loading. There?s very little software that resides in the NC." The operating system will be upgraded by using CDs without need of systems administrators, said Ellison.
He said: ?The NC won?t have all the features of Microsoft?s operating system.? But, Ellison claimed, it will give end users a faster solution than NT if they plug their NCs into a networked system. Ellison said: ?We?re building all the software for the NC just like Microsoft is building all the software for the PC.?
Ellison said that HTML and Java SQL will be the building blocks for the future.
Ellison?s plan to develop an operating system were backed up by Mark Jarvis, vice president of server technologies, who said: "It will be out by the end of the year."
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