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ZDNet/Reuters: Sun introduces new lower-end servers; both Linux & Solaris appliances under US$1000

Jan 18, 2001, 15:38 (1 Talkback[s])

"The Cobalt line, developed by a company Sun acquired and including some products costing less than $1,000, will pit Sun against personal computer makers who have concentrated on more commodity-like machines such as Compaq and Dell. ... Sun's Cobalt line runs the open Linux operating system, a departure from its emphasis on a proprietary flavour of Unix known as Solaris, but officials said the operating system was irrelevant to users that did not intend to modify it."

"Sun also introduced a low-end Solaris machine in the Netra line, also starting at less than $1,000. Critics like competitor International Business Machines say the move to Linux could undermine Solaris."

"But Sun officials said the appliance market would not cannibalise its base of high end users, even though some of the demand would come from large companies adding appliance servers for ease of use."

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