Sun Starts A Buzz

But is it brewing big success with its "network computer?"

Sun Microsystems Inc. is about to give rivals the jitters. On Oct. 29, it plans to unveil JavaStation, a major new entry in the race to develop "network computers," a new concept touted since last year by Oracle Corp. Sun's new machine, aimed at corporate buyers, is a stripped-down computer aimed at making some jobs as easy as--well, using a coffeemaker. Says Edward J. Zander, president of Sun's hardware unit: "JavaStations are an enormous opportunity to do an end-run around the PC."

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