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Big guns to endorse Net PC standard

Network Computer. Internet Appliance. Internet Terminal--call it what you will. The one thing missing from these Net-specific devices is the lack of a technical standard.

Network Computer. Internet Appliance. Internet Terminal--call it what you will. The one thing missing from these Net-specific devices is the lack of a technical standard.

On May 20, however, Oracle, and Sun Microsystems are likely to join hands in signing off on a common design specification for just such machines, as previously reported by CNET.

IBM will also participate, according to a report in The Wall Street Journal, which said Oracle may name the first round of third-party vendors that will build its branded Network Computers next week.

Although Oracle doesn't plan to build the devices itself, the Redwood Shores, California, company has been the most vocal booster of the Network Computer, showing off prototypes of the machines that would be priced around $500.

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