Thursday, January 12, 2006

Network Computer again!?

googleScott McNealy (SUN Microsystem) says 'Network is the computer', team up with Larry Ellison (Oracle Corp.) bring out the idea of Network Computer in 1995, it will be thin client base on Java technology. May be is just not the right time yet in 1995, is not much network application available and broadband is not that popular.

Is 10 years later, McNealy and Ellison joking on the network computer, during a Sun-Oracle partnership slides show. Ellison says, let Google do it, they (Larry Page and Sergey Brin) are young and foolish. It sounds more like a compliment than criticise for me. Larry Page and Sergey Brin have good experience in clustering low end computer, so they may like the idea of a simple computer device.


There is a lot of rumors around, Google is going to make their own PC (Google cube). A thin client like network computer may suit them. Google has a internet service (searching) used by many of the internet users out there, Google has other products like gmail, google talk which is not heavily base on software or hardware but the services and internet broadband.

There are news reporting Google could be eying on unused fiber-optic network. Google is interested to provide (free) WiFi services, they have proposed free WiFi services in San Francisco, later setup internet cafe style booth in London's Heathrow Airport.

May be this is still not the time yet, but it will not be a surprise, Google will provide a device like network computer.

Sun-Oracle partnership, CNet news

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