Next week at PC Expo in New York, network computer manufacturer HDS Network Systems Inc will launch an assault on the nascent NetPC market with a stripped-down version of its netOS operating system. HDS has removed the Unix, Java and terminal emulation capabilities from netOS, leaving an OS that just runs multi-user Windows applications from an NT server. HDS uses Citrix Systems’ ICA protocol to achieve this. HDS says the advantage of using one of its @workStations NCs over a NetPC is that it can support a floppy disk drive and it is upgradable. We understand HDS is talking to various prospective NetPC manufacturers, which would be personal computer manufacturers, as the NetPC is a stripped-down and sealed version of a PC. HDS will ship the skinny netOS in July. The @workStations start at $700 without a monitor.